Finding your hook: Health in All Policies stories from around the country
Tuesday, November 3, 2015: 2:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
As the Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach has spread throughout the United States, cities, counties, and state-level governments have created a variety of initiatives to embed health and equity into government processes. Common to all this work is a focus on intersectoral collaboration, an understanding of the need to create institutional and process changes, and a commitment to promoting equity. At the same time, HiAP is a context-specific approach and looks different depending upon policy environment, community priorities, and resources. In addition, no initiative can truly address “all” policies, so each initiative has a unique policy focus. This session will highlight how HiAP initiatives defined their initial focus and how that impacts the work they do today.
The session will present a panel of public health practitioners who are using HiAP in a variety of ways to achieve their health and non-health goals. After Galveston, Texas suffered a devastating hurricane in 2008, research and community partners recognized a unique opportunity to leverage significant recovery funding and infrastructure rebuilding to undertake a variety of HiAP efforts to rebuild the community in a healthier way. California’s HiAP initiative began 6 years ago with champions of childhood obesity issues and environmental sustainability establishing a multi-agency Task Force that has largely focused on government decisions that shape the built environment. Chicago is working toward achieving health equity by convening the Healthy Chicago Interagency Council and engaging Council members in the development of the city's community health improvement plan. A presenter from Lane County, Oregon will describe how their public health department garnered support of the Board of County Commissioners to incorporate a health analysis into all proposals brought before the board, and developed and implemented the policy to cultivate stronger relationships and buy-in from all county departments.
Session Objectives: Identify at least three methods for initiating a Health in All Policies effort
Compare between the different approaches taken by Health in All Policies initiatives in the United States
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Organized by: APHA-Center for Public Health Policy
Endorsed by: Law
Medical (CME), Health Education (CHES), Nursing (CNE), Public Health (CPH)