Policy Actions

The California Healthy Places Index (HPI) policy actions center around specific community conditions that affect health outcomes.  There are eight Policy Action Areas: Economic; Education; Housing; Health Care Access; Neighborhood; Clean Environment; Transportation; and Social factors. Each Policy Action Area is tied to indicators in the HPI. The policy guides offer a menu of practical solutions and concrete actions jurisdictions can use to improve community conditions and health. They describe what the individual HPI indicators measure and how that factor connects to health. Within the guide, a variety of best practices and emerging policy opportunities are explained in detail with examples from jurisdictions where that policy action has occurred. Each guide also has links to how-to resources from experts and authorities in that policy action area to help you get started.

Policy Guide Index

Policy Guides will be linked as they are posted. Check back soon for more!


Median Income
Above Poverty


Two-Parent Households


In Primary School
In High School
Bachelor's Education or Higher


Automobile Access
Active Commuting


Retail Density
Park Access
Tree Canopy
Supermarket Access
Alcohol Outlets


Low-Income Renter Severe Housing Cost Burden
Low-Income Homeowner Severe Housing Cost Burden
Housing Habitability
Uncrowded Housing

Clean Environment

PM 2.5
Diesel PM
Water Contaminants

Healthcare Access

Insured Adults

Climate Change and Health Vulnerability Indicators

Extreme Heat
Impervious Surfaces
Outdoor Workers
Public Transit Access
Sea Level Rise

How To Use These Policy Guides

The policy guides include details of what the HPI indicator is measuring and a brief explanation of how that factor connects to health outcomes. Below those descriptions, a menu of overarching policy opportunities are listed in boxes. These are policy opportunities with the potential to directly address that indicator, or to influence the root drivers of that indicator. Each box can be expanded for a detailed description of relevant best practice interventions and emerging innovations for that policy area. Within each section are links to guidance documents, examples, and in some cases funding sources. You are encouraged to explore these resources to select a set of policy interventions for further consideration.

Many decisions that shape health are made at the local level. Yet each jurisdiction is unique and will require policy approaches most relevant to the local community conditions and the people living there. As you review the policy opportunities and interventions within the guide, consider ways to include voices of residents (i.e. storytelling, testimonials) and partners from all sectors (i.e. transportation, land use, advocacy, philanthropy, health care, business) who may want to join you to advance policies for healthier community conditions.