IPH support the Departments of Health (North and South) in promoting Health in All Policies (HiAP) approaches.
A healthy population requires a whole of government and whole of society approach. Determinants of health such as education, employment, income and the environment influence the distribution of risk factors within the population. The intersectoral approach to health promotion requires the use of validated tools, support mechanisms, structures and accountability mechanisms.
'Making Life Better', the ten year public health strategic framework for NI describes HiAP as an approach emphasising the connections and interconnections which work in both directions between health and policies from other sectors. The RoI national framework to improve health and wellbeing 'Healthy Ireland' acknowledges that HiAP is a politically challenging strategy that needs deliberate efforts to be promoted. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a particular tool used to support HiAP by judging the potential health effects of a policy, programme or project on a population, particularly on vulnerable or disadvantaged groups.
IPH work closely with others to create greater awareness among the health sector, government agencies and the public of the importance of the social determinants of health.
- Develop impactful and evidence-informed responses to relevant public consultations with a focus on shaping wider public policy to enhance population health and diminish health inequalities.
- Support the ongoing development of healthy public policy through providing advisory support, including to the All Department Officials Group, on Health in All Policies, HIA and health in other impact assessments.
Contact Person: Dr. Helen McAvoy