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Health in All Policies: Improving Health Through Intersectoral Collaboration


In this discussion paper, the authors define the health in all policies concept, explain the need for health in all policies approaches to confront complex and current health challenges in the population, and provide an overview of California’s pioneering experience with cross-sector collaboration to address the social determinants of health. The paper includes an analysis of key challenges and opportunities likely to arise when communities undertake health in all policies efforts.

This paper has been developed in part to inform participants at the September 19, 2013, workshop of the IOM Roundtable on Population Health Improvement, Applying a Health Lens to Decision Making in Non-Health Sectors.

Primary Toolkit:

Environmental Health in All Policies (HiAP)

Keyword Area:

Health Equity, Planning, Policies


Institutional Author:

Institutes of Medicine Roundtable on Population Health Improvement




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