Health in All Policies

Health in All Policies

The Vermont Public Health Institute provides technical support for Health in All Policies initiatives at both the state and local level. Health in All Policies is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. The goal of Health in All Policies is to ensure that all decision-makers are informed about the health consequences of various policy options during the policy development process.

Health in All Policies Task Force

Leaders from the VtPHI worked with the State Commissioner of Health to lay the groundwork for Governor’s Executive Order No. 07-15 to establish a cabinet level multi-agency task force charged with identifying agency-specific legislative, rulemaking and budgetary options for improving health.

The Vermont Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force will identify programs, policies, and strategies to improve the health of Vermonters, especially vulnerable populations, while advancing our other goals such as protecting natural resources and agricultural lands, increasing the availability of affordable housing, improving air and water quality, improving infrastructure systems, promoting public health and active lifestyles, planning sustainable communities, increasing educational attainment and meeting the state’s climate change goals.

The Vermont Public Health Institute provides the following supportive services to the Commissioner of Health who serves as Chair of the Task Force:

  • Research on effective HiAP policies and approaches in VT and throughout the nation
  • Materials development and dissemination
  • Meeting planning and facilitation
  • Logistical support for meetings and on-going communications

Additionally, VtPHI will assist in drafting the annual report to the Governor on potential opportunities to include health criteria in regulatory, programmatic and budgetary decisions; promising practices and opportunities for innovation and coordination across sectors that include consideration of potential positive and negative health impacts of decisions; and evidence-based actions and policies to improve the wellness of state employees across state government, including healthy food procurement policies.