Online Program

City Services through the Prism of Health: From General Plan to Health in All Policies (HiAP) Strategy and Ordinance in Richmond, California

Tuesday, November 3, 2015 : 1:10 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

Shasa Curl, MA, City of Richmond, City of Richmond, Richmond, CA
There is a growing awareness across America that good health goes well beyond the doctor’s office. Historic inattention to health in city planning and policy consistently results in poor health outcomes, and egregious health disparities in communities of color and low-income communities. The City of Richmond, California in collaboration with community-based-organizations and multiple system leaders are taking a leadership role in challenging this inattention to health by making health equity a priority. Community and government discussions around health in Richmond began mainly tied to land use impacts as a focus; however, these discussions quickly evolved to health equity considerations into all city services. This presentation will focus on Richmond’s rising trajectory and institutionalization of health considerations into their General Plan and how they are operationalizing the goals and implementing actions set forth with the community through their Health in All Policies (HiAP) Strategy and Ordinance. The HiAP strategy relies on cross-sector collaboration and empowered community engagement to make change. Through a discussion of concrete challenges and approaches being implemented currently with Richmond Residents this presentation will help health professionals, university partners, and community-based-organizations act strategically to improve health equity.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs
Program planning
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate how City government is operationalizing their Health and Wellness Element and General Plan with a health equity perspective through the development of a Health in All Policies Strategy; discuss how cross-sectoral partnerships can work together (Health Department, School District, University Partners, Funders) with community based organizations, and residents to make policy level and built environment changes with the goal to improve health equity; define background terms and evolution of Health Equity work in the field of Public Health and Planning, and how it is influencing California and local municipalities with a concrete example of Richmond, California; describe how institutionalized racism impact health disparities; and demonstrate how to work internally across City departments to make health equity a priority.

Keyword(s): Health Disparities/Inequities, Policy/Policy Development

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked for the City of Richmond, CA for over 10 years leading work related to the environment, health equity and large land use projects. In this capacity I led the development and implementation of Richmond’s Health in All Policies Strategy and Ordinance. I have a Master of Arts in Urban Planning from the University of California, Los Angeles.
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.