State and local policymakers should:
Legislative and regulatory meetings and procedures should promote public participation, be fair, and ensure accountability.
Governments should create and enforce strong ethical standards for government officials. These standards should promote honesty, integrity, and transparency.
Nominees and appointees should be qualified for their chosen roles. They should be committed to the enforcement of the laws they administer or interpret.
Governments should require full and timely disclosures of lobbying activities and expenditures. Restrictions should include provisions such as limits on gifts.
Policymakers should mitigate the immediate effects of climate change events on the health of older adults and other vulnerable populations.
Policymakers and health care administrators must conduct adequate emergency preparedness planning.
Policymakers should collaborate to identify, develop, fund, and implement timely, effective response plans for national, state, and local public health crises.
Federal and state governments should ensure the collection and public reporting of comprehensive, accurate data during an epidemic or pandemic and other public health crises or natural disasters.
Health care providers, businesses, schools, organizations, and individuals should be educated about behavioral risk factors for contracting and spreading serious communicable diseases.