Online Program

Health in All Policies: A Regional Perspective from the Americas

Monday, November 2, 2015 : 1:09 p.m. - 1:22 p.m.

Kira Fortune, PhD, Special Program Sustainable Development and Health Equity, PAHO, Washington DC, DC
Matthew Murphy, MPH, School of Medicine, Loyola University Chicago, Maywood, IL
Over the last century, the Region of the Americas has achieved tremendous progress in increasing life expectancy as well as improving the health and wellbeing of its communities. It is also currently experiencing a period of unprecedented political stability and economic growth. Yet whilst the Region prospers economically, it is also the most inequitable region in the world with regards to income levels. As the United Nations develops a package of Sustainable Development Goals to be adopted in 2015, there is a need to establish a rigorous framework that clearly articulates both how equitable development is essential to sustainable growth and how health and development are inextricably linked. Inequity poses a serious threat to both future economic growth and population health that will require multisectoral responses from the health as well as other sectors. By using a Social Determinants of Health framework as a vehicle to develop policy coherence and shared solutions across multiple sectors, the importance of a Health-in-All-Policies approach becomes evident. The Region of the Americas was the first WHO Region to have a Regional Plan of Action on Health in All Policies, a Plan that was informed by sound evidence, best practices and extensive consultations with stakeholders within and beyond the health sector. The purpose of this presentation is to demonstrate the application of the HiAP approach in the Region of the Americas as well as the successes and challenges of implementing this in practice.

Learning Areas:

Program planning
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate the importance of Health in All Polices in relation to other international agendas including that of Sustainable Development, Social Determinants of Health and the Post-2015 goals. Discuss latest regional case studies on Health in All Policies to demonstrate how the HiAP approach is applied in practice. Analyze the challenges of developing indicators for the regional plan of action on health in all policies adopted by PAHO’s Members States in September, 2014.

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

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Kira Fortune, Ph.D., M.I.H., M.A. has worked for more that 15 years in Africa, Asia, Europe and Latin America in positions related to public health, gender and social determinants of health. Kira has worked with the International Planned Parenthood Federation and UNICEF before coming to PAHO in 2008 where she is responsible for the social determinants of health within the Special Program on Sustainable Development and Health Equity.
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.