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Health in All Policies



Health in All Policies Tag 

What is Health in All Policies?

Health in All Policies (HiAP) recognizes that the health of Californians is largely determined by the physical, social, economic and service environments in which we live, learn, work and play. HiAP is a collaborative approach to improve population health by incorporating health considerations into decision making in all sectors and policy areas. HiAP brings together a cross sector of partners to consider how their work influences or affects health and how we can improve health while advancing shared goals. HiAP is the framework used in Monterey County to address health inequities and focuses on identifying the root causes of poor health. This approach is endorsed by the World Health Organization and implemented by the State of California through the Health in All Policies Task Force comprised of 19 state departments and agencies.

Why do we need HiAP?

  • Chronic disease is the leading cause of premature death for Californians. In Monterey County, heart disease, cancer, homicide, suicides and accidents lead the list of causes for premature death (Monterey County Health Department, 2011).
  • Traditional approaches used to address and manage these preventable health issues cost the United Stated $1.3 trillion annually. In California, 80% of healthcare dollars are spent on 20% of the population mainly due to chronic disease management (California Office of the Governor, http://gov.ca.gov/news).
  • Despite rising health care costs, health inequities have widened particularly in communities that have traditionally been disenfranchised and have experienced socioeconomic disadvantages. Yet it can be difficult to adopt healthier behaviors when one’s neighborhood lacks key infrastructure and supports (such as safe streets).
  • HiAP recognizes that health and prevention are impacted by policies that are managed by government and non-governmental agencies. HiAP makes health the linking factor to bringing people from across all sectors together to identify win-win strategies to address some of the rooted health issues that impact our communities.

HiAP Salinas Council

HiAP Seaside Leadership Council

HiAP: Via Salinas Valley (Active Transportation Program Committee)

How can I get involved?

Join our email list to participate in education, training and action teams. For more information contact Monterey County Planning, Evaluation and Policy Unit: Carmen Gil -  831-755-8997 or gilc@co.monterey.ca.us

1 California Department of Public Health, Health in All Policies Report to the Strategic Growth Council, 12/3/2010.

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