Health in All Policies

3 years 10 months ago - 3 years 9 months ago #80 by lwilson

The topic was posted on Monday, 19 August 2013.

Health in All Policies: Seizing opportunities, implementing policies
Edited by Leppo, K., Ollila, E., Peña, S., Wismar, M. & Cook, S.

This book was presented at the IUHPE World Conference 2013 under the session Meet the Authors by Raul Mercer MD MSc (FLACSO, Latin American School of Social Sciences, Argentina)

Incorporating health into policies across sectors is often challenging and even when decisions are made, implementation may only be partial or unsustainable. ‘Health in All Policies (HiAP): Seizing opportunities, implementing policies’, published by the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health of Finland, identifies practical opportunities and challenges for raising health on political agendas. It stresses the importance of seizing opportunities for negotiating and implementing feasible policy solutions. The publication was a Finnish contribution to the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion (June 2013).

Global perspective on health
The publication draws on case studies from all continents to demonstrate how Health in All Policies works in different contexts. The examples cover eight policy areas including early childhood development, work and health, agriculture and tobacco. ‘HiAP: Seizing opportunities, implementing policies’ provides valuable insights for policy-makers, including politicians, researchers and civil society advocates. It brings a global perspective on improving health and health equity through decision-making and implementation. The volume is published in collaboration with the National Institute for Health and Welfare of Finland (THL), the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, and the UN Research Institute for Social Development. It is a free (non-profit) publication.

Part I
1 Introduction to Health in All Policies and the analytical framework of the book
2 History of HiAP
3 Health and development: challenges and pathways to HiAP in low-income countries
4 Prioritizing health equity
5 Globalization and national policy space for health and a HiAP approach

Part II
6 Promoting equity from the start through early child development and Health in
All Policies (ECD-HiAP)
7 Work, health and employment
8 Promoting mental health: a crucial component of all public policy
9 Agriculture, food and nutrition
10 Tobacco or health
11 Alcohol
12 Lessons from environment and health for HiAP
13 Making development assistance for health more effective through HiAP

Part III
14 The health sector’s role in HiAP
15 Lessons for policy-makers

For further information, please contact:
Dr Eeva Ollila, Ministry of Social Affairs and Health, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Dr Sebastián Peña, Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

To download the book, please use this link:

Questions for discussion

Why Health in All Policies?

What’s the added value of HiAP since “Health for All” and “Intersectoral Action for Health” approaches to health emerged?

Which are the issues under debate on HiAP that will help to close the existing gap between rhetoric and implementation?

Lianne Wilson
Last Edit: 3 years 9 months ago by lwilson.

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