Policy, Systems and Environmental Change

Racine/Kenosha FoodWISe is proud to be part of the newly founded goal of increasing PSE: Policy, Systems and Environmental within the FoodWISe program. PSE is defined below but you can get a sense of what it is by reading some articles covering the PSE work of the Racine/Kenosha FoodWIse team.

Policy, Systems and Environmental Change

PSE seeks to go beyond direct nutrition education, i.e. nutrition classes at a food pantry or school, and into the systems that create the structures in which we work, live and play.

Policy Change

Policy change includes policies at the legislative or organizational level. For example, institutionalizing new rules or procedures as well as passing laws, ordinances, resolutions, mandates, regulations, are all examples of policy change efforts.

Systems Change

Systems change involves change made to the rules within an organization. Systems change and policy change often work hand‐in‐hand. Often systems change focuses on changing infrastructure within a school, park, worksite, or health setting or instituting processes or procedures at the system level that ensure a healthier workplace.

Environmental Change

Environmental change is change made to the physical environment. Physical (Structural changes or programs or service), social (a positive change in attitudes or behavior about policies that promote health or an increase in supportive attitudes regarding a health practice), and economic factors (presence of financial disincentives or incentives to encourage a desired behavior) influence people’s practices and behaviors.


Verbage taken from: http://healthtrust.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/11/2012-12-28-Policy_Systems_and_Environmental_Change.pdf