Health in All Policies

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

Alliance for Metropolitan Stability

The Alliance for Metropolitan Stability is a coalition of organizations, founded in 1994, that advances racial, economic and environmental justice in the way economic growth and land development occurs in the Twin Cities region.

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Asian Economic Development Association

AEDA will support a policy advocacy campaign to secure public investments for community-based efforts to address key interconnected environmental factors contributing to poor health.

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Hmong American Farmers Association

HAFA is a membership-based organization that works to support and uplift Hmong farmers in Minnesota.

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HOPE Community

HOPE will seek to build capacity to mount a much more aggressive campaign to bring sustainable change to Minneapolis parks.

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ISAIAH aims to address health challenges by getting at the systemic, upstream factors that shape health.

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Nexus Community Partners

Nexus Community Partners plans to create an equity-based framework for decision-making as well as directly educating local policymakers on health inequities.

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Voices for Racial Justice

Voices for Racial Justice is striving to address negative health consequences by engaging, empowering communities of color and American Indian communities to change policies and systems that will advance health equity.

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Zeitgeist Center for the Arts and Community

The Zeitgeist Center for the Arts & Community works to build healthy and vibrant communities, starting with their own. This work is primarily done through the Zeitgeist Arts and Healthy Duluth Initiatives.

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  • Making Healthy Choices Possible for All Minnesotans

    The Center for Prevention at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota tackles the leading causes of preventable disease -- tobacco use, physical inactivity and unhealthy eating -- to increase health equity, transform communities and create a healthier state.