Health in All Policies

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.  The goal of Health in All Policies is to ensure that decision-makers are informed about the health, equity, and sustainability consequences of various policy options during the policy development process. A Health in All Policies approach identifies the ways in which decisions in multiple sectors affect health, and how better health can support the goals of these multiple sectors. It engages diverse governmental partners and stakeholders to work together to promote health, equity, and sustainability, and simultaneously advance other goals such as promoting job creation and economic stability, transportation access and mobility, a strong agricultural system, and educational attainment. There is no one “right” way to implement a Health in All Policies approach, and there is substantial flexibility in process, structure, scope, and membership. (From Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments)

Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments

Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments was created by the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, and the American Public Health Association in response to growing interest in using collaborative approaches to improve population health by embedding health considerations into decision-making processes across a broad array of sectors. The Guide draws heavily on the experiences of the California Health in All Policies Task Force and incorporates information from the published and gray literature and interviews with people across the country.

  From Start to Finish:  How to Permanently Improve Government through Health in All Policies


ChangeLab Solutions developed the Health in All Policies toolkit to help people work together to build a healthier, more equitable future for their friends, families, and neighbors. The toolkit is free on our website and available for anyone interested in building healthier communities through more collaborative and efficient policymaking. 

Making Connections for a Healthier Iowa: Your Place at the Table
On 11.26.13, IPHA hosted this webinar to:
  • Introduce HiAP concepts,
  • Spur thinking and make connections for collaboration across sectors to achieve mutual goals, 
  • Identify opportunities and leverage non-traditional partners across sectors and within the community to advance the consideration of health,
  • Assure that policies and services from all sectors have beneficial or neutral impacts on the determinants of health.
Additional Resources

Health Impact Assessment

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Health Impact Assessment (HIA) "is a process that helps evaluate the potential health effects of a plan, project or policy before it is built or implemented. An HIA can provide recommendations to increase positive health outcomes and minimize adverse health outcomes. HIA brings potential public health impacts and considerations to the decision-making process for plans, projects, and policies that fall outside the traditional public health arenas, such as transportation and land use."

The National Research Council defines HIA as “a systematic process that uses an array of data sources and analytic methods, and considers input from stakeholders to determine the potential effects of a proposed policy, plan, program, or project on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA provides recommendations on monitoring and managing those effects.”

  • Denise Attard Sacco contributed articles on HIA to Public Health Matters:

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