Our Priorities

NCAH engages in participatory policy setting to develop the policy agenda each year. NCAH accepts policy recommendations from residents across the state and presents them to the relevant policy committee for discussion. While everyone is welcome to submit policy recommendations and participate in the discussion, only NCAH’s members may vote to approve the final list of policy priorities.

Our members have selected tobacco use prevention and cessation, healthy food access, and active living, in addition to some cross-cutting priorities, as the primary areas of focus for NCAH.

Download 2021 Policy Priorities

2021 Policy Priorities

Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation

  • Promote policies that support the implementation of an effective Tobacco 21 law in North Carolina, including retailer licensing
  • Promote increased and recurring appropriations for robust and evidence-based tobacco prevention and cessation programs and services
  • Promote a significant increase in excise taxes on cigarettes, e-cigarettes, and all other tobacco products in parity

Healthy Food Access

  • Promote evidence-based and/or evidence-informed policies and appropriations for healthy food financing initiatives, farm to school programs, farm to early care and education programs, food and nutrition services, and other policies that reduce food insecurity and improve access to healthy food for all North Carolinians
  • Promote the continuation of effective and innovative programs and policies that increase access to healthy food for all North Carolinians put in place in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Support improvements to statewide Division of Child Development and Early Education childcare regulation standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child nutrition, including breastfeeding, and support the creation of statewide designation or recognition of programs that meet best practices

Active Living

  • Support the ability of local communities to promote access to routine physical activity, including safe bicycle and pedestrian access
  • Support strong physical education and opportunities for physical activity and social-emotional learning for school-aged children
  • Support improvements to statewide Division of Child Development and Early Education childcare regulation standards addressing evidence-based best practices in infant and child outdoor learning and play, physical activity, and screen time and support the creation of statewide designation or recognition of programs that meet best practices

Cross-Cutting

  • Support policies and appropriations for closing the health insurance coverage gap
  • Support policies that reduce inequities and barriers to health, including housing, transportation, and equitable pay and leave policies
  • Support policies that maintain and restore local control

NCAH will also support other mission-related policies as they arise, as approved by NCAH members.