Policy and Legislation

Stay Informed and be an Advocate for Public Health


SDPHA supports the following legislation or administrative actions:

  • Enhance public health programming that targets the needs of minorities and rural families for specific interventions.


  • Encourage training on cultural competency and health disparity issues for all providers in the state working with underserved populations.


  • Improve access to care for minority and underserved populations, especially through the reduction of financial, language, and transportation barriers.


  • Development and widespread adoption of health care quality and efficiency measures. Comprehensive sets of quality measures are needed to reflect the full continuum of health care.


  • Assessment and enhancement of the capacity of health care organizations to provide better care more efficiently by rewarding providers for quality and outcomes rather than volume. Payment systems should reward excellence and improve patient safety. Payment reform that rewards clinicians for spending adequate time with patients and encourages a greater focus on prevention, primary care, and wellness will improve health outcomes and lower costs.


  • Emphasis on prevention and early intervention of and care coordination for chronic conditions. Health plans lower costs with chronic condition management through health education programs by expanding health plan and employer incentives for enrollees to live healthier lives, and by increasing provider education and screening of patients.


  • Establishing “health in all policies” by evaluating and addressing the health impact of all policies across all governmental agencies and sectors of the economy.