“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:
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:
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