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Health in All Policies

Health in all Policies (HiAP) is a change in the systems that determine how decisions are made and implemented by local, state, and federal government to ensure that policy decisions have neutral or beneficial impacts on the determinants of health. HiAP emphasizes the need to collaborate across sectors to achieve common health goals, and is an innovative approach to the processes through which policies are created and implemented.

NACCHO's Environmental Health in All Policies (EHiAP) Project aims to increase awareness among decision makers and other stakeholders about the environmental public health implications of policies and to build the capacity of local health departments to be involved in cross-sector work with the goal of improving the health of the community.

In the Spotlight

The Spring 2014 issue of NACCHO Exchange, NACCHO's quarterly magazine, highlights Health in All Policies. This issue contains the following feature stories: How Community Health Improvement Process Helped to Build Momentum for HiAP Approaches in New Orlean; Greening Mid-Michigan: A Health in All Policies Approach for Mid-Size Local Governments; King County: Building Health, Equity, Fairness, and Opportunity with a Health in All Policies Approach; Integrating Health in All Policies: Two Case Studies from San Francisco; and Health Policy beyond the Health Department More »

Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments

Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments was created by the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, and the American Public Health Association 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. The Guide draws heavily on the experiences of the California Health in All Policies Task Force and incorporates information from the published and gray literature and interviews with people across the country. More »

Featured Resources

Environmental Health in All Policies Meeting-in-A-Box

NACCHO's Environmental Health in All Policies Meeting-in-A-Box presentation can be used to educate leadership, community members, or local health department (LHD) staff on Health in All Policies. The presentation is broad so it can be adapted for a wide audience. Although it is meant to serve as a guide, it should be tailored to reflect the local context and what is feasible, given the community's needs.

HiAP Frequently Asked Questions

NACCHO's FAQs on HiAP answers the most common questions regarding Health in All Policies and its implementation. There are also links to useful examples at different levels of government: federal, state, and local.

City of Richmond's HiAP Toolkit

This toolkit serves as an introduction to the work the City of Richmond in California has been doing to implement Health in All Policies. This toolkit is a resource for people interested in learning more about the development of HiAP within the City, and outlines Richmond's most salient processes, and provide links to resources for those interested in gaining a better understanding of Richmond's unique story.