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 take to make that vision a reality?
To achieve a healthy and equitable community, every part of government has a role to play. That’s the idea behind Health in All Policies (HiAP). HiAP is a transformative, collaborative approach to improving a community by incorporating health, sustainability, and equity considerations into decisionmaking across government agencies and policy areas. At its core, it means government agencies collaborate to identify shared goals, maximize resources, harmonize activities, and invest in big solutions that produce multiple benefits. In partnership with the communities they serve, public agencies are using this approach to solve their largest social and environmental challenges.
HiAP is a crucial strategy for reducing health inequities and achieving health equity. Since no one government agency has full authority over the laws and policies that affect the fundamental drivers of inequities, decisionmakers can best serve their communities by incorporating a HiAP approach across sectors and policy areas.
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