On May 4th, 2017, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan signed into law the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity Workgroup on Health in All Policies.

The law:

1.     Directs M-CHE to convene a workgroup that will make recommendations to state and local legislators to inform laws and policies that will 

promote health equity and have a positive impact on the life of Maryland’s residents, and

2.     Specifies that the M-CHE conduct a health impact assessment on issues of access to safe and affordable housing, education, employment opportunities, environment and public safety, among others.

The legislation was introduced by a group of Maryland lawmakers including Senator Shirley Nathan-Pulliam, who is a member of the Education, Health and Environmental Affairs Committee.


What is “Health in All Policies?”

At its simplest, Health in All Policies is an approach to policy-making that incorporates health considerations into all decisions across all sectors.

The World Health Organization defines Health in All Policies as:

…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 population health and health equity.  A Health in All Policies approach is founded on health-related rights and obligations. It improves accountability of policymakers for health impacts at all levels of policymaking. It includes an emphasis on the consequences of public policies on health systems, determinants of health, and well-being. It also contributes to sustainable development. 

http://www.who.int/healthpromotion/frameworkforcountryaction/en/
 http://www.who.int/healthpromotion/conferences/8gchp/130509_hiap_framework_for_country_action_draft.pdf 

Click the links on the left for more information about the Health in All Policies Approach, the M-CHE Workgroup Activities and Members, News, and more.

To read the bill signed by the governor, click the image of the SB340 on the right or click here.