Health in All Policies
New graduate student group: Health in All Policies!
Human rights and disparities among populations have come to the forefront in the 21st century. However, policies are enacted often focusing only through one lens (i.e., economic, housing, transportation, environmental, or health), yet these historically divergent policy silos have demonstrated time and again their influence, both intended and unintended and both positive and negative, on population health and wellbeing. If we are to ameliorate human rights and decrease disparities of all types, we must break down policy silos and, with intention, create policies looking through an umbrella lens of how human health is affected and how policies can be constructed so that the effect is a net positive.
Health in All Policies (HiAP), was a student-driven group that brought together graduate students across disciplines. In the 2014-15 academic year, two primary events were held. In Fall, HiAP hosted a program to introduce the concepts behind a health in all policies framework. In Spring, they planned to produce a half-day conference, where professionals were to present how they apply health in all policies in their work in the field, with sessions on building skills necessary to engage with a health in all policies framework also planned.
We all have a stake in the future of human health, which is why all interested graduate students are invited to partake; no individual disciplines – whether public health, public policy, business, or law, just to name a few – can address the challenges of human rights, health, and disparities alone.
- November 13, 2013: Initial Student Group Meeting - students gathered to provide thoughts for how we can create a productive, meaningful, student-led group.