Online Program

Implementing Health in All Policies at the national level in Finland

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 8:43 a.m. - 8:56 a.m.

Eeva Ollila, Cancer Society of Finland, Helsinki, Finland

Finnish health policy strategies have had a strong intersectoral component since the 1970’s. However, beginning with the Finnish European Union Presidency in 2006 this work has been systemized and framed within the Health in All Policies (HiAP) concept.  

This presentation will explore how the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, in partnership with the Council of State and all Ministries, developed a comprehensive plan to implement HiAP. Through this process, work with major public health non-governmental organizations was strengthened. The presentation will describe the comprehensive plan and how it has been put into action, including efforts to 1) identify the most important entry points for HiAP implementation; 2) develop working processes to improve a common understanding and to facilitate the inclusion of health perspectives; 3) improve methods for health impact assessments as part of integrated impact assessments; and 4) strengthen commitment for and processes of HiAP implementation within the Council of State.

The presenter will also discuss identified critical factors for success, as well as remaining challenges. For example, in order to integrate health and health equity into policies and programmes across sectors in a complementary and timely manner, it is critical to learn lessons from the objectives, strategies, working methods, timing, and language of others. While progress has been made, challenges remain, in particular in integrating health equity perspectives into policy arenas such as finance, taxation, trade, and industry, especially in the current time of austerity.

Learning Areas:

Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe the comprehensive policy making system for integrating health and health equity into policy-making at the national level in Finland. Discuss critical factors of success and remaining challenges to Health in All Policies in Finland.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been responsible for developing the national Health in All POlicy Strategy in the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health during 2006-2014, and have continued to develop the role of the NGOs in my current post as Chief Medical Officer of health promotion of the Cancer SXociety of Finland. I have authored scientific articles on the subject
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.