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Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to public policy that systematically takes into account the health implications of decisions, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts in order to improve population health and health equity. Many of the social, environmental, and economic determinants of health have origins that extend beyond the health sector and health policies.  Therefore, it is important that the impact on health be considered across sectors and at all levels of governance.

The HiAP approach focuses on legitimacy, accountability, transparency, access to information, participation, sustainability, and multi-sectoral collaboration.  Support for HiAP is provided by intergovernmental organizations and structures, with the health sector serving a central role in promoting HiAP.

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A panel of experts from around the world will discuss the instruments and mechanisms that the countries of the Americas can use to ensure that all public policies——not just health sector policies—— consider the potential impact on people's well-being. The meeting will be held at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization (PAHO/WHO) in Washington, D.C. on March 31-April 1.

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TweetChatHiAP enDo you have questions related to the implementation of Health in All Policies?
Join PAHO/WHO Tweeter Chat event with Dr. Paulo Buss, Prof. Michael Marmot, Dr. David McQueen, and Dr. Jeanette Vega, on Wednesday April 1, from 10:00 to 11:00 AM (EST). Use hashtag #HiAP

SectorsFrameworkDraftWeb-base consultation open through March 3rd, 2015.

Resolution WHA67.12 requested the Director-General to "prepare, for the consideration of the Sixty-eighth World Health Assembly, in consultation with Member States, United Nations organizations and other relevant stakeholders as appropriate, and within existing resources, a Framework for Country Action, for adaptation to different contexts, taking into account the Helsinki Statement on Health in All Policies, aimed at supporting national efforts to improve health, ensure health protection, health equity and health systems functioning, including through action across sectors on determinants of health and risk factors of noncommunicable diseases, based on best available knowledge and evidence".

healt policies coverThis manual is a training resource to increase understanding of the importance of Health in All Policies among health and other professionals. 

Co-hosted by the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health in Finland

Helsinki, Finland. June 10-14, 2013

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The International Union for Health Promotion and Education (IUHPE) and Thai Health Promotion Foundation (ThaiHealth) are pleased to invite you to the 21st IUHPE World Conference on Health Promotion, 25 — 29 August, Pattaya, Thailand. The conference aims to contribute to the development of equity and social justice across the globe by offering a unique platform for dialogue on the best investments for health between participants from various sectors from all over the world.

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Congreso Internacional de Promoción de la Salud

  • International Health Promotion Congress
  • First Regional Congress of School Health Promotion
  • IX Regional Health Promotion and Health Education Workshop in Schools and University Settings
  • V Meeting of the Latin American Health Promoting Schools Network

Havana, Cuba
April 7-10, 2014

Hundreds of health promotion practitioners and students across the Americas and other parts of the world are expected to attend this Regional event.  The Congressional Palace in Havana will be the venue for discussing global health promotion priorities in connection with the Health in All Policies framework, and the Determinants of Health  A wide-rage of themes and presentation formats will give participants the opportunity to expand their networks, and share the latest work taking place in schools, universities, municipalities, and other health promotion settings. In addition, several courses and workshops will be offered on Monday, April 7, in the afternoon, prior to the official opening ceremony of the event.

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PAHO welcomes inputs from community-based organizations across the Americas to the proposed draft Plan of Action on Health in all Policies

The goal of this Plan of Action is to provide Member States in the Americas with technical guidance in promoting HiAP, in accordance with the pdf Health in All Policies Global Framework for Country Action , to improve health and well-being and reduce health inequities.

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is "an approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health implications of decisions, seeks synergies and avoids harmful health impacts in order to improve populations health and health equity".  In line with the spirit of Alma Ata, the Ottawa Charter, the Final Report of the Commission on the Social Determinants of Health, and the Rio Political Declaration on the Social Determinants of Health, Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach that aims to improve health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. 




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