Online Program

Advancing equity through health in all policies: Opportunities and obstacles in implementation

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 10:50 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

Jme McLean, MCP, MPH, PolicyLink, Oakland, CA
Efforts to advance public health and reduce population-level disparities through “non-health” policy change are becoming increasingly common, with more local jurisdictions and state and regional governments adopting “health in all policies” approaches or developing “healthy” land use policies. In order to meaningfully change the conditions of low-income people and communities of color, and reduce health disparities, equity priorities must be present throughout the advocacy, adoption, and implementation of these policies. PolicyLink, a national non-profit research and action institute working to advance social and economic equity, has engaged in a range of advisory, coordinating, and technical assistance roles related to “health in all policies” and healthy urban planning in California. In this session, we identify several important levers for advancing equity in collaborative, multifield, interagency efforts to implement “health in all policies.” Opportunities and obstacles for prioritizing equity –particularly in the implementation of such policies – will shared and illustrated using local examples.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
Identify three concrete strategies for addressing equity through Health in All Policies implementation

Keyword(s): Community Collaboration, Environmental Health

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I worked for over 4 years in CA HiAP related work. This work is part of my portfolio in health equity and the built environment, equitable community change, and advocacy evaluation. It is informed by my experience as an adviser and analyst for community based organizations, foundations, and government at the local, state and national levels. I hold masters degrees in planning and health from UC Berkeley.
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.