Health in All Policies
With support from The Colorado Health Foundation, CALPHO is exploring what Health in All Policies (HiAP) looks like at a local level in Colorado. Throughout 2017 we will be compiling a library of resources, conducting interviews, analyzing survey data, and producing case studies that will further our understanding of HiAP’s community-level potential. Specifically, these activities should reveal how HiAP is already practiced in Colorado’s counties and municipalities, and enable CALPHO to highlight successes that will inform the expansion of HiAP.
HiAP is gaining traction as an ecological policy approach to addressing public health’s most complex, multi-factor challenges, especially obesity and chronic disease. Underlying this approach is the realization that a broad array of social and environmental determinants contributes to these conditions. Local, state, and federal public health agencies are reorienting their services and programs to meet these challenges (see the Community Health Strategist model), but these efforts need a supportive policy environment to be effective. Since social and environmental determinants “live” in sectors other than public health – including education, transportation, finance, and justice – public health policy development needs to occur in all sectors. HiAP aspires to promote the consideration of the public’s health – including health equity – in every type of policy decision in every type of organization, so that any public or private entity with governance structures always takes health into account.
We will be expanding this space with the results of this project, so be sure to check back later in 2017!