NCAH’s policy priorities set a framework for creating a healthier and more equitable North Carolina. NCAH engages in participatory policy setting to develop the policy agenda each year. NCAH staff gather policy recommendations from residents across the state and present 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, active living, and health equity as the primary areas of focus for NCAH.
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
- Support efforts to ensure water is free, clean, safe, and accessible in school and early care and education settings
- 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
- Support policies and appropriations for closing the health insurance coverage gap
- Monitor legislation related to social determinants of health such as housing and transportation
NCAH will also support other mission-related policies as they arise, as approved by NCAH members.Download the 2020 Policy Priorities