Success Stories

Read about law & policy solutions in action

What does it look like when law and policy changes improve community health? What communities across the country has ChangeLab Solutions worked with?

We’ve written success stories to showcase the real-world applications of our work. These stories span many of our areas of expertise, from equitable planning to affordable housing, from improving food systems to promoting children's health.

Enacting policy change can take months or years and often involves behind-the-scenes collaboration between multiple partners and stakeholders. We’ve partnered with advocates, experts, and communities from all over the United States.

Explore the success stories featured below, or access all of our published success stories.

Exploring Equitable Planning
Mapping the Impacts of Past Planning Decisions
Redlining is an example of how past discriminatory planning decisions led to today's inequities. Equity-informed planning and policymaking can help undo the harmful legacy of redlining.
West Oakland Development
Proactive Rental Inspections for Healthy Homes
Proactive rental inspection (PRI) programs can help cities protect the health of families and individuals who live in rental housing.
Certification Success Story
Training Public Health Professionals
Practitioners relate how the courses for the Public Health Law Academy Certificate have helped them analyze public health policies and collaborate across disciplines.
Roanoke Virginia
Planning for Health Equity in Appalachia
Pivotal community institutions came together in Roanoke, Virginia, to ensure that equity and health considerations are woven into the city’s 2040 comprehensive plan.
Rainbow over the UC Davis campus
Healthy Kids Meals: How Local Action Can Spur Policy Change Across the Nation
California’s Health by Default Kids Meal Beverages Act, which took effect in January 2019, was a significant victory for the health of families and communities.
People exercising in a school gym
Making the Active Choice Easier for Tongan Americans
The Salt Lake City–based National Tongan American Society reached out to ChangeLab Solutions for help with using shared use agreements to open up exercise facilities for community use.
Columbus Ohio Skyline
Columbus Takes a Stand for Kids’ Health
A persistently high obesity rate among children led the Growing Healthy Kids Columbus coalition to pursue strategies to reduce sugary drink consumption rates.
Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Tobacco Flavors Ban: Santa Cruz Protects Kids
Grappling with teen tobacco use, Santa Cruz, California, acted to stop flavored tobacco sales.