Back to Resources

Laws Establishing Health in All Policies Commissions

posted on Wed, Mar 2 2016 12:13 pm by The Network

“Health in all policies” (HiAP) refers to a movement within public health to consider the implications on the public’s health from all sectors of public policy, including transportation, education, agriculture, and housing. The notion of cross-policy action to improve the public’s health was first proposed in 1978 by the World Health Organization, and has since been gaining traction in the public health community.

The Maryland legislature is currently considering Senate Bill 304, which would establish a Health in All Policies Commission in the state. The bill declares that one purpose of the proposed commission would be to “study and make findings and recommendations regarding the health effects that are occurring in the State as a result of,” a number of factors, including:

  • Diversity in the workplace
  • Diminished access to affordable housing
  • Limited transportation options
  • Barriers to quality education

A requester recently asked the Network if other states have passed similar legislation establishing a commission or task force related to HiAP.

The Network found that:


The Network also sent the requestor a number of resources on HiAP:

  • An Analysis of State Health Impact Assessment Legislation published by the National Conference of State Legislatures
  • Health in All Policies for Big Cities, a commentary by Aaron Wernham, M.D., M.S., and Steven M. Teutsch, M.D., M.P.H., published by the Journal of Public Health Management and Practice
  • Legal Review Concerning the Use of Health Impact Assessments in Non-Health Sectors, a report published by the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University

Need more information?

Ask a Question