Health in All Polices (HiAP) 2019 - Deliverying Health Equity Tackling Inequalities
Royal Society of Medicine, London
HIAP 2019: Delivering Health Equity, Tackling Inequalities will seek to maintain this positive momentum and identify the progress made through the course of 2018/19m whilst providing continuous insight during the lead up to the 1st May 2019 on a range of approaches and solutions.
For those who were not in attendance or aware, Health in All Policies (HiAP) is an approach to policies that systematically and explicitly takes into account the health implications of the decisions we make; targets the key social determinants of health; looks for synergies between health and other core objectives and the work we do with partners; and tries to avoid causing harm with the aim of improving the health of the population and reducing inequity.
It is now over four years since councils took on responsibility for public health and health and wellbeing boards (HWBs) took on their statutory role.
Having secured a safe transition, they are now moving into a phase of transformational change. Success will depend on getting healthy policies embedded in all aspects of what a council and its partners do or, put simply, the extent to which councils become genuine public health councils.
HWBs will continue to play a crucial role in building constructive relationships between departments, the NHS, local government and partners, including the voluntary sector, communities and other bodies. The HWBs’ ability to bring the right people together in order to have coherent conversations which lead to decisions and action across the determinants will be crucial.
Providing a common way of analysing the health impact of the range of council functions and a common commitment to maximising the positive health impact of all of these functions, exercising them in a way that will reduce inequalities. It is important that this approach is led by the most senior elected and executive council members through to all lower level personnel across the whole of the organisational activities and our conference is therefore applicable for a range of organisations and individuals to attend.