From Start to Finish

From Start to Finish

How to Permanently Improve Government Through Health in All Policies

Health is one of our most precious resources. People everywhere want their families and communities to be healthy and to thrive. But what does it really take to make that vision a reality? The fact is, health is influenced by the interaction of many factors. It is now widely accepted that the environments in which people are born, live, learn, work, play, and age have a profound effect on how healthy we will be over the course of our lives.

To achieve a healthy community, every part of government has a role to play. That’s the idea behind Health in All Policies: to adopt a collaborative approach to policymaking and improve the health of a community. By recognizing shared goals, collaborating, and coordinating their efforts, public agencies can work with the communities they serve to ensure public policies and public resources address local needs and improve health outcomes.

This comprehensive toolkit is intended for anyone interested in building healthier communities through more collaborative and efficient policymaking, and includes best practices and lessons learned from community leaders who are doing exactly that.

The toolkit includes the following components:

  1. From Start to Finish: How to Permanently Improve Government Through Health in All Policies (Download below)
    This is an introduction to Health in All Policies. It outlines five key strategies for effectively adopting and implementing one of ChangeLab Solutions’ Commitment to Change Model Policies, which formalize a strong Health in All Policies initiative. These five key strategies are: Engage & Envision, Convene & Collaborate, Make a Plan, Invest in Change, and Track Progress. 
  2. Commitment to Change: Health in All Policies Model Policies
    The heart of this toolkit is three model policies (ordinance, resolution, and general plan language) that institutionalize Health in All Policies. They offer policy options for communities at different stages of readiness, or that face different opportunities to create change. 
  3. Collaborative Health: A Health in All Policies Presentation
    This customizable presentation is designed to help make the case for Health in All Policies and build support for an initiative among leaders and community members. 

Looking for tips on adapting one of our model policies? Do you have an idea for another resource we should add to this toolkit? Contact us with your stories and questions, and for more ideas on how to achieve your vision of a healthier community!