This new guide on Health in All Policies may be of interest to you or your networks.
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October 1, 2013 - A new guide released today offers practical strategies for improving the
public's health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across
sectors and policy areas. Written by public health practitioners, "Health in All
Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments" was developed in collaboration
with the American Public Health Association, the Public Health Institute and the
California Department of Public Health.
A four-page brief and the full guide are available for download on this website:
The "health in all policies" framework requires collaboration between various
sectors to promote health, equity and sustainability, and simultaneously advance other
goals such as promoting job creation and economic stability, transportation access and
mobility, a strong agricultural system and educational attainment.
"Improving the public's health through policy development often falls to
non-traditional health partners and this guide emphasizes the importance of collaboration
between these partners and public health agencies and organizations," said Georges
Benjamin, MD, executive director of APHA. "To ensure that health is a top priority in
education, nutrition, transportation and other policies, this guide will be of great value
as the implementation of 'health in all policies' expands to transform the
practice of public health for the benefit of all."
The goal of "Health in all Policies" is to ensure decision-makers are informed
about the health, equity and sustainability consequences of various policy options during
the policy development process. The guide was produced in response to growing interest in
using collaborative approaches to improve population health by embedding health
considerations into decision making processes across a broad array of sectors. It draws
heavily on the experiences of the California Health in All Policies Task Force and
incorporates information from published literature and interviews with individuals across