Cross-Sectoral Approach to Creating Healthy Places
Monday, November 2, 2015: 8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.
Our vision of health in all policies cannot be achieved without cross-sector collaborations that create healthy places. A healthy community is one that provides for the health and social well-being of all its citizens. A cross-sector approach fosters and promotes a collaborative environment between all community stakeholders—planning departments, parks departments, health departments, transportation agencies, food activist, etc.
What does Health in all Policies (HIAP) mean to each stakeholder in the community? In a moderated panel format, the speakers in this special session will share their experiences pursuing a HIAP approach to create change in communities all across the country. Collectively, the speakers will address how collaboration across all sectors is integral to our vision of a healthier nation.
Few best practices in cross-sectoral approaches currently exist. The lack of a common language/lexicon and sense of urgency have prevented multi-sector collaborations from strengthening interconnections within communities. Integration is vital for improving local capacity to solve the complex problems that face these neighborhoods, communities, regions, states, and the country.
Past policy decisions largely conducted in operational silos have led to a prevalence of chronic disease. We know that a decision made by one city agency has the potential to negatively impact other agencies. A collaborative and coordinated decision-making environment can foster decisions and policies that improve the work of all partners in the community.
Each representative will spend ten to fifteen minutes discussing the role their sector plays in the health of a community and what HIAP means from their perspective. The last half of the session will be a robust discussion on how we can achieve healthy places through policy, systems, and environmental change approaches. Some of the questions to be answered:
• What does Health in all Policies mean to each sector?
• What role does equity play in achieving true Health in all Policies?
• What do each of these sectors need in order to promote health in their decision-making process?
• What role does their sector play in promoting healthy places?
• What is the applicability of these efforts at the national, regional, state, and local levels?
• What are the next steps to operationalizing HIAP in all sectors?
Multi-sectoral coalitions and collaborations leverage the resources of one sector to enhance the community as a whole. These efforts offer greater returns on investment—in both fiscal and social capacity. As awareness of public-private partnerships, philanthropy’s role in community health, and the role of government in promoting health increases, this session will offer attendees the knowledge and optimism required for further HIAP efforts in their communities.
Session Objectives: Learning Objectives:
1) Describe how specific sectors promote health through policy and environmental approaches
2) Identify what equity means to the food, transportation, health, and parks sectors
3) Discuss how each of these sectors promotes capacity-building and collaboration to build healthy places
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Organized by: APHA-Special Sessions
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)