Health in All Policies Initiatives

Health in All Policies is “an approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health and health systems implications of decisions, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts, in order to improve population health and health equity.” MN Dept of Health Strategic Plan 2015

Health in All Policies Efforts

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Health in All Policies is a strategy to organize decision-making and initiatives to address factors that influence health and equity, including the social determinants of health and root causes of health, which include educational attainment, housing, transportation options, neighborhood safety.

The following points highlight a health in all policies approach:

  • Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.
  • Health is influenced by the social, physical, and economic environments, collectively referred to as the “social determinants of health.”
  • Health in All Policies, at its core, is an approach to addressing the social determinants of health that are the key drivers of health outcomes and health inequities.
  • Health in All Policies supports improved health outcomes and health equity through collaboration between public health practitioners and those nontraditional partners who have influence over the social determinants of health.
  • Health in All Policies approaches include five key elements: promoting health and equity, supporting intersectoral collaboration, creating cobenefits for multiple partners, engaging stakeholders, and creating structural or process change.
  • Health in All Policies encompasses a wide spectrum of activities and can be implemented in many different ways.
  • Health in All Policies initiatives build on an international and historical body of collaborative work.

Rudolph, L., Caplan, J., Ben-Moshe, K., & Dillon, L. (2013). Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments. Washington, DC and Oakland, CA: American Public Health Association and Public Health Institute.