"Health in all Policies (HiaP) is an innovative policy strategy that responds to the critical role that health plays in the economies and social life of 21st century societies. It introduces better health (improved population health outcomes) and closing the health gap as a shared goal across all parts of government and addresses complex health challenges through an integrated policy response across portfolio boundaries."
Ilona Kickbusch has been active in the field of Health in All Policies since the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986 which called for Healthy Public Policy. She was the initiator of the "settings for health" projects such as Healthy Cities, which aimed to put health on the political agenda. She was involved in many of the WHO HiAP initiatives - including the HiAP Conference in Helsinki Finland in 2013, more
At present she is particularly interested in the political determinants of health.
In March 2015 the WHO Training Manual on Health in All Policies has been published - of which she was the key author.
The introduction of a “whole of government approach to health” is gaining increasing interest around the world. Most recently – in the context of the residency of Ilona Kickbusch as Adelaide Thinker in Residence – the South Australian Government embarked on a unique Health in All Policies process engaging the whole of government across all portfolios. The report of Ilona Kickbusch' work as Adelaide Thinker in residence is available here: Healthy Societies: Addressing 21st Century Health Challenges.
South Australia has actively continued to implement HiAP by adopting a health lens approach and introducing a new public health act. An international meeting together with the WHO in April 2010 resulted in the Adelaide Statement. This statement, all presentations as well as the publications prepared before and after the meeting can be accessed at the Health in All Policies website.
The concept of Health in All Policies was first developed by the World Health Organization and was initially referred to as intersectoral action for health. In the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion in 1986 it was highlighted as Healthy Public Policy and further developed in the Adelaide recommendations, following a WHO Conference in 1988 in Adelaide Australia.
The 2006 Finnish presidency of the European Union selected a determinants based approach to health as its priority. This led to the adoption of a conclusion of the Council of the European Union on “Health in All Policies (HiAP)” It reinforces Article 152 of the Treaty establishing the European Community which states that “a high level of human health protection shall be ensured by all Community institutions in the definition of all Community policies and activities”. Finland hosted the 2013 Global Conference on health promotion which focused on Health in All Policies.
Ilona Kickbusch has published extensively on Health in All Policies in both German and English.
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