Health in All Policies

ASTHO has been providing resources to empower states and territories to implement health in all policies (HiAP) strategies for over a decade. HiAP is a collaborative approach that integrates and articulates health and equity considerations into policy making and programming across sectors, and at all levels, to improve the health of all communities and individuals. Using a HiAP strategy, public health practitioners collaborate with other sectors to define and achieve mutually beneficial goals.

ASTHO’s HiAP resources include reports, policy guides, success stories, and briefs.

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Making the Connection Between Health in All Policies and State Health Improvement Plans

This report explores how the seven strategies for HiAP directly relate to the actions involved in developing State Health Improvement Plans, as both are collaborative by nature and seek to improve health and equity.

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The Value of Health in All Policies

This report identifies and breaks down seven core value areas that emerge from taking a HiAP approach to programming and policymaking.

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Incorporating Health in All Policies: Tips for Grantmakers

This tip sheet offers a menu of strategies and considerations for organizations interested in incorporating a HiAP and equity-centered approach to the development and implementation of requests for proposals and notice of funding opportunities.

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Framing Health in All Policies: Terms That Resonate

A summary of listening sessions to better understand state terminology around HiAP and assess how HiAP framing efforts have evolved over time.

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Implementing a Health in All Polices Approach to Lead Poisoning Prevention

An analysis of interviews with staff from four state health agencies to learn about childhood lead poisoning prevention programs and better understand how each agency employs HiAP approaches.

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Latest HiAP Resources

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Cross-Sector Collaboration to End Homelessness in Wisconsin

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Tackling Climate Change Using the One Health Approach

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Connecting Health and Transportation to Improve Access to Care

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Evidence-Based Approaches to Promoting Health Equity in Retail Food Safety

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Leveraging Healthy People 2030 to Build Non-Traditional Multisector Partnerships

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Cross Sector Collaborations: Addressing Health Inequities in Access to Care Through Public Health and Transportation Partnerships

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Implementing Health in All Policies in the Climate Space

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Supporting Resilience in Rural Areas Through Cross-Sector Partnerships

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Collaborations

Partnerships are key elements of HiAP practice, so ASTHO collaborates both internally and externally on these efforts. ASTHO leads a state HiAP workgroup comprised of practitioners from health agencies around the country. In addition, ASTHO facilitates a HiAP and Equity Collaborative, which includes staff from a dozen NGOs and public health institutes who share the HIAP or equity space.

More formally, ASTHO also works closely with National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA), National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), Kansas Health Institute (KHI), American Public Health Association (APHA), Health Impact Project, Human Impact Partners, Association of Maternal and Child Health Programs (AMCHP), and others to develop and disseminate HIAP and equity resources, and facilitate coordination between state and local health department staff working on HiAP initiatives.

Internally, HiAP resources are developed across multiple teams including Environmental Health, Health Equity, Clinical to Community Connections, Prevention, Maternal and Child Health, Communications, State Health Policy, and Research and Evaluation teams. ASTHO’s HiAP work is primarily funded through CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health, but also includes other funding streams within CDC and HRSA.