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Health in All Policies

What Should you Know About Health in All Policies?

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to policy development and implementation that considers the social and environmental implications of its decisions. It recognizes that other factors beyond healthcare can have a significant impact on health and the community's well being. HiAP encourages other sectors to get involved and inform decisions in policies. Through partnership, connections can be thoroughly examined allowing a broader perspective in the process of policy making and a more effective approach to improving the health outcomes and health equity of communities.

HiAP was first coined in the early 1990s, however, it was more thoroughly defined in 2006 during the Finnish presidency of the EU. It's tougher approach through strengthening existing legislation and implementing policies through cooperation across sectors, influenced others to adopt a HiAP approach. HiAP strategies can now be seen in countries worldwide, such as Australia, Iran, Cuba, Norway and Thailand. Its implementation and incorporation across varying degrees of political organization and socioeconomic status illustrate its feasibility regardless of a country's development.

Plans for environmentally sustainable communities in California, tighter tobacco regulations in Brazil and tougher child protection policies in Chile, are just a few examples of the way HiAP models are making significant achievements in health and challenging their country's biggest health problems. Its feasibility lies in its collaborative and cohesive approach and its promotion in “doing the best possible within the context of political will and resources” (WHO).

Outreach Materials

For more information and how to get involved, here are links to materials for different target audiences. The fact sheets and presentations include key facts and resources, along with sample policies, that support the intervention. These documents should be adapted for your community with local data and resources.

Here are additional resources to help you get started:

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