Despite Minnesota being one of the country’s healthiest states, a significant amount of work remains to improve health in all communities.
Health equity can only be achieved when all people, regardless of race, income, zip code or other factors, have opportunities to live the healthiest lives possible. Many communities face a variety of complex issues that significantly impact health, which are often driven by factors outside the public health or health care sectors. Neighborhood layout, access to healthy foods, and access to jobs, educational and recreational opportunities all play a part in determining our health. Decisions made in these areas often result in unintended or negative health consequences.
A Health in All Policies approach seeks to address these challenges and improve the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into all decision-making processes. It is built around a core set of ideas:
- Promoting health equity outside of the health sector
- Collaborating across sectors
- Benefiting multiple partners
- Engaging with the community and other stakeholders
- Changing existing structures and procedures
The Center’s funding supports organizations outside the health care sector in their efforts to advocate for this approach within their spheres of influence. Approximately $1 million has been committed for 2016 with the potential for renewed funding over the next three years.
Related link: Strive Toward Health Equity: Findings and Recommendations for Advancing Health Equity through Multisector Collaboration