Critical Historical Perspectives on Health Equity in All Policies: Local Experiences and Global Ambitions
Monday, November 2, 2015: 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Reformers who have strived for social justice in health across different contexts have realized that without the transformation of the social, economic and political environment, very little could be achieved in improving the public's health. Many historical examples of successes at the local, regional, and national levels support the value of taking this broad perspective, while other counterexamples demonstrate the limits and failures of health efforts that have neglected larger factors influencing the public's health.
-- Suggestions of successful historical examples include the experience of India's Kerala state, the case of China in the 1950s-1970s, and others that have entailed integrated intersectoral policy approaches, dealing with social, political, and economic determination of population health.
-- The experience of Chicago may be an example of failure, in which deteriorating health conditions can best be understood within the context of urban decay and broader policy failures in education, housing, and other sectors.
-- Other case studies from the U.S. or other countries are also welcome. Historical studies of initiatives at the international scale, such as the Alma-Ata Declaration, with its emphasis on economic and social development as a necessary condition for health for all, will also be considered.
Session Objectives: Describe the historical origins of the idea of "Health in All Policies" and provide historical examples regarding successful implementation of this approach.
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Organized by: Spirit of 1848 Caucus
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)