Online Program

Engaging local policy makers and political leaders in Health in All Policies: A case study from Lane County, Oregon

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

Brian Johnson, MPH, Public Health, Lane County, Oregon, Eugene, OR

Lindsey Adkisson, MPA, CPS, Lane County Public Health, Eugene, OR

Sandy Moses, MS, CPS, Public Health, Lane County, Eugene, OR
Jennifer Webster, MPH, CHES, Public Health, Lane County, Oregon, Eugene, OR
Karen Gaffney, MPA, Health and Human Services, Lane County, Eugene, OR
Research establishes that social, physical, and economic environments and conditions have dramatic implications for how long and how well people live; however, these conditions are rarely called out in local decision making processes.

Health in All Policies provides a framework to foster the cooperation and consideration required to bring health and the improvement of health to the forefront of government action. To this end, Lane County (Oregon) Public Health has taken steps to ensure that its primary decision-making body, the Board of County Commissioners (BCC), is made aware of the health implications of all policies under consideration.

In the fall of 2013, based upon recommendations of local health department staff and strategies identified in the locally adopted Community Health Improvement Plan, the Lane County, Oregon Board of County Commissioners/Board of Health directed the County Administrator to incorporate a health analysis into all proposals brought before the Board for consideration. Lane County Public Health was charged with development and implementation of the new administrative procedures. This session will highlight how Lane County Public Health 1) garnered the support of the Board of County Commissioners to incorporate a health analysis into all proposals brought before the board, and 2) the process and approach used to cultivate stronger relationships and buy-in from all county departments during implementation of the policy. The presenter will also highlight lessons learned and identified opportunities to further institutionalize health considerations in local policy development.

Learning Areas:

Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Describe at least 2 strategies and processes employed in Lane County, Oregon to engage political and policy decision makers to consider health in all policies. Identify how new working relationships were fostered. Identify opportunities to further embed a health in all policies approach in policy making.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been the co-principal of the implementation of Lane County's Health in All Policies administrative rules update. I have worked in the field of public health for more than 16 years. In my current position I am the epidemiologist for Lane County Public Health and Trillium Community Health Plan, a coordinated care organization. My training emphasizes project management, health promotion and education, program evaluation, and research methods.
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.