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Policy Implementation

Once a policy is enacted or adopted, Local Health Departments (LHDs) and other organizations play an important role in educating the community about these changes, facilitating the adoption and implementation of new practices, and ensuring monitoring and enforcement.

There are a number of ways you can work with a community advisory board to translate the enacted policy into action, monitor uptake, and ensure full implementation:

  • Raise awareness of new policies or changes to existing policies to ensure that stakeholders are aware of impending changes.
  • Educate stakeholders on existing policies in order to increase compliance.
  • Work with agencies and organizations responsible for implementing and enforcing policy changes to ensure policies are implemented appropriately and consistently.
  • Translate policy into practice and define implementation standards (i.e., describe how successful implementation of policy should look).
  • Coordinate the identification and provision of evidence-based resources.
  • Build capacity of organizations to implement the policy by providing education, training, technical assistance, and other guidance.
  • Monitor implementation, enforcement, and compliance related to the policy and encourage quality improvement processes when needed.
  • Support organizations in implementing new policies.

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