Online Program

Let's Get Together: Putting Together the Building Blocks of a Strong Health In All Policies Initiative

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 12:30 p.m. - 12:50 p.m.

Rebecca Johnson, MPH, ChangeLab Solutions, Oakland, CA
Heather Wooten, MCP, ChangeLab Solutions, Oakland, CA
Social and environmental factors like education, employment, transportation, housing, food access, air and water quality have a profound impact on health outcomes, such as whether or not an individual eats the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables or partakes in regular physical activity. A growing understanding of these social determinants of health has led to a call for public policy that can shape the social environment in ways that are more conducive to health. However, such policies are typically developed and implemented by agencies other than health departments, including planning, transportation, social services, school boards, economic development, fire, police, sanitation and public works departments.

As non-traditional health sectors often do not systematically consider health in their policy development and implementation processes, communities across the country are exploring different approaches to institutionalizing a formalized" health in all policies" (HiAP) approach. For example, some local governments such have adopted HiAP ordinances or executive orders. Other communities have adopted healthy resolutions to encourage cross-collaboration and a systematic approach to incorporating health into all government activities. Some communites have even leveraged their community health needs assessments to establish a health in all policies office.

This interactive conference session will introduce participants to the building blocks of a strong HiAP initiative, help participants identify the different opportunities that may arise to advance a formalized HiAP approach, and introduce participants to the elements of a strong local health in all policies ordinance. The session will consist of a combination of presentations and small group activities.


Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Describe the building blocks of a formalized health in all policies approach. Describe the elements of a strong HiAP policy. Discuss why local health in all policies ordinances are beneficial for improving community health outcomes.

Keyword(s): Built Environment, Public Health Policy

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked on a number of federal, state, and foundation grants focusing on health in all policies, tobacco control, environmental health, and cancer prevention and control. Among my professional interests has been the advancement of health equity through policy, systems, and environmental change.
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.