Health in All Policies Research Center
Communities across the United States face inequities in health outcomes that have been exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. Factors that impact health outcomes include demographics, socioeconomic status, and geography.
Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a collaborative approach to integrating health considerations into policy decisions across all sectors to improve health and health equity.
"I often tell my students that there’s no one way to 'do' Health in All Policies, so I hope to see new tools developed that make it easy for communities, policymakers, and decision-makers to routinely consider the health and equity implications of their proposed actions."
— Keshia Pollack Porter
The Health in All Policies Research Center encourages local, state, and national organizations to include health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education through tools that advance health in all policies, including health impact assessments and health notes. The center applies these tools to proposed policies, as well as supports capacity building through training and technical assistance.
Legislative Health Notes
In 2018, the Health Impact Project (the Project), formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, launched a pilot initiative to help lawmakers learn the potential health and equity implications of proposed legislation related to housing, education, employment, land-use planning, and other topics where the health impacts are not being widely discussed. Conversations with legislators and previous efforts to use existing analytical frameworks revealed the need for a rapid and responsive tool that can be used during a short legislative session. This need led to the creation of a new tool that the Project coined “heath notes.”
Legislative health notes can be applied to proposed legislation at the local, state, and federal levels. The Health in All Policies (HiAP) Research Center within the Institute conducts health notes and offers training on the health note methodology and technical assistance opportunities to prospective practitioners. The health note methodology was originally developed by the Health Impact Project, formerly a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts.
Completed Health Notes
- District of Columbia B24-0712: Domestic Worker Employment Rights Amendment Act of 2022
- District of Columbia B24-0941: Fostering Stable Housing Opportunities Amendment Act of 2022
- District of Columbia B24-0236: Child Wealth Building Act of 2021
- District of Columbia B24-0429: Metro for D.C. Amendment Act of 2021
- District of Columbia B23-0882: Comprehensive Policing and Justice Reform Amendment Act of 2020
- District of Columbia B24-0001: Comprehensive Plan Amendment Act of 2020 [Housing Element]
- Colorado SB 20-001: Expand Behavioral Health Training for K-12 Educators
- Colorado SB 20-014: Excused Absences in Public Schools for Behavioral Health
- Indiana SB 234: High School Equivalency Pilot Program
- Revised Code of Washington 82.14.530: Sales and Use Tax for Housing and Related Services
- Ohio HB1 and SB 3: Drug Sentencing Reform
- North Carolina HB 241: Education Bond Act of 2019
- Colorado HB 19-1171: Expand Child Nutrition School Lunch Protection Act of 2019
- Colorado HB 19-1262: State Funding for Full-Day Kindergarten
- Indiana HB 1006: Caseload Reduction for Family Case Managers
- Indiana SB 158: Indiana Youth Service Program
- Indiana SB 464: Homeless Children and Youths
- North Carolina HB 692: Modify Homestead Circuit Breaker
- North Carolina HB 713: Unemployment Insurance Changes
- California SB 13: Accessory Dwelling Units
- Ohio HB 80: Workers' Compensation Budget