Because where we live, work and play have a significant impact on health, a new guide released today offers practical strategies for making health a top priority in education, transportation, planning, nutrition and other policies.
“Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments” is designed to help improve the public’s health and safety by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all sectors and policy areas. Written by public health practitioners, the guide was developed in collaboration with the American Public Health Association, California Department of Public Health and Public Health Institute.
“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 guide was developed in response to growing interest in collaborative efforts to improve population health. It draws heavily on the experiences of the California Health in All Policies Task Force through their Healthy Community Framework and experiences as a case study.
The guide features strategies for achieving good health and sustainability across the community and tips for engaging stakeholders, building relationships and making joint decisions across sectors. The publication also includes guidance on developing messages around the health in all policies concept as well as examples of co-benefits that can be attained through strong public health policy.
The full guide is available for download on APHA’s website, along with a four-page brief. A webinar will take place on Oct. 2 at 2 p.m. EDT, to discuss why health in all policies is important and how organizations can incorporate its framework into their efforts.