142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition

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Applying a health lens to non-health policy-making: Building relationships and finding co-benefits

142nd APHA Annual Meeting and Exposition (November 15 - November 19, 2014): http://www.apha.org/events-and-meetings/annual
Monday, November 17, 2014 : 12:50 PM - 1:10 PM

Pamela Russo, MD, MPH , Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Princeton, NJ
Terry Allan, MPH , Cuyahoga County Board of Health, Parma, OH
Alina Baciu, MPH, PhD , Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice, Institute of Medicine, Washington, DC

Health in all policies (HiAP) has become a term of art in public health practice and in cross-sector partnerships that include health among their objectives. However, all who work to improve the public’s health must pay attention to the complex and layered context behind this useful concept. As explained to the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement at its September 2013 workshop, harnessing the potential of interdisciplinary and cross-sector efforts also requires a sensitivity to language and to such issues as differences in agency authority and organizational culture. The other critical aspect to HiAP efforts is to recognize that contemporary health disparities are the consequences of deliberate social policies that created profound and persistent inequities in the conditions that shape the health of communities.

The roundtable’s workshop showcased HiAP perspectives and examples from federal, state, and local government agencies, as well as lessons from the work of a large health care organization and a state public health agency that staffs a state-wide effort with public and private sector stakeholders and partners. From the broad notion of “healthy community design” to the even more specific concept of “complete streets,” workshop summary highlights include: how governmental and business sectors can learn from each other in weighing the health implications of all their policies; how state authority in transportation design and local land use authority can be brought into fruitful interaction; and how difficult economic times intensify the need to find value through joint approaches and integrated solutions.


Learning Areas:

Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
List at least two high-level challenges to working across sectors to improve health Explain how present-day inequities in the social determinants of health are rooted in decades-old social policies List and describe at least two gaps that, when filled, would facilitate and support cross-sector action

Keyword(s): Public Health Policy, Public Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am a member of the Institute of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement and I chaired the planning committee for the workshop that is being presented.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.