Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a collaborative, evidence-based approach to improving the health and wellbeing of people in Warwickshire. It incorporates health considerations into all decision-making and policy areas. The approach ideally starts with a policy area (e.g. transport) not a public health issue (e.g. obesity). This encourages thinking about the range of potential direct and indirect benefits/risks to health and wellbeing and inequalities in health that can be created from a policy area.
The HiAP toolkit brings together a range of resources that can guide and support you in applying a Health in All Policies approach to your work project/programme/strategy.
There are three recommended broad approaches to HiAP:
- Focus on specific public health issues (e.g. obesity) and identify policies with major impact
- Focus on a key policy area with significant health impacts (e.g. transport, housing) and work with relevant department/sector
- Focus on windows of opportunity that can potentially provide success for all partners.
There is no one "right" way to implement a HiAP as it can be adapted to meet changing needs and evolving commissioning landscapes of a local authority.