Political will: a bridge between public health knowledge and action

Am J Public Health. 2007 Nov;97(11):2010-3. doi: 10.2105/AJPH.2007.113282. Epub 2007 Sep 27.


We propose a new model of the public health policy cycle: the Bridges From Knowledge to Action model. Many prevention initiatives require policy change to achieve broad implementation. Political will, society's commitment to support or alter prevention initiatives, is essential for securing the resources for policy change. We focus on the role of political will in developing and implementing public health policy that integrates scientific evidence and community participation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Planning
  • Community Participation
  • Government Regulation*
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice*
  • Health Policy* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • Health Promotion
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Politics*
  • Public Health* / legislation & jurisprudence
  • United States