Health in all policies: a manual for local government

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to policies that systematically and explicitly takes into account the health implications of the decisions we make; targets the key social determinants of health; looks for synergies between health and other core objectives and the work we do with partners; and tries to avoid causing harm with the aim of improving the health of the population and reducing inequity.

This report from the Local Government Association (LGA) brings together the arguments for a HiAP approach with practical suggestions for development at the local level. The arguments will be very familiar to public health specialists and others such as councillors who have now had health responsibilities for some time. They are included here both because it is hoped that the manual can serve as an introduction to the issues for those, such as newly-elected councillors, who are new to them and also because practitioners may find it useful to bring them together with the examples of good practice key messages and ‘food for thought’ sections which are also included.

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