MHHD Director's Corner
Health in All Policies (HiAP)
In the simplest terms, HiAP is an approach to policy-making that incorporates health considerations into all decisions across all sectors.
The World Health Organization describes HiAP as
"An approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health implications of decisions, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts, in order to improve population health and health equity.
A Health in All Policies approach is founded on health-related rights and obligations. It improves accountability of policymakers for health impacts at all levels of policy making. It includes an emphasis on the consequences of public policies on health systems, determinants of health, and well-being. It also contributes to sustainable development."
The law directs the University of Maryland School of Public Health, Center for Health Equity (M-CHE) to convene a workgroup that will make recommendations to state and local legislators to inform laws and policies that will promote health equity and have a positive impact on the life of Maryland's residents. The law also specifies that the M-CHE conduct a health impact assessment on issues of access to safe and affordable housing, education, employment opportunities, environment and public safety, among others.
MHHD Director, Noel Brathwaite, PhD, MSPH
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|November is Native American Heritage Month
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Minority Health
(OMH) provides the following information and resources for recognizing Native American Heritage Month.
Native American Heritage Month recognizes the histories, invaluable contributions and livelihood of American Indian and Alaska Native people in the United States. During this observance, we honor the rich diversity of American Indian and Alaska Native cultures, traditions and languages and how this heritage intersects with health. By working together to raise awareness of health disparities and providing a platform for national American Indian and Alaska Native health organizations to discuss challenges and opportunities, we help move communities toward health equity.
Article Series: MHHD Priority Focus Areas
This past June, we began a series of articles highlighting MHHD's Priority Focus Areas. Articles in this series have included background on the focus areas, current data, and information detailing MHHD's activities to help eliminate health disparities in these areas. We kicked off the series highlighting
was highlighted, and in August we highlighted
Last month our series continued on the social determinants of health with a focus on
This month we'll examine food access. Articles on
housing and educational attainment are to come.
Social Determinant of Health - Food Access
Article submitted by:
Devon Payne-Sturges, DrPH,
Maryland Institute for Applied Environmental Health,
School of Public Health,
University of Maryland, College Park
Summary: Access to a college education is a national priority, seen as a key to financial security, improved health, and well-being. However, the rising cost of college tuition, fees, and room and board coupled with state disinvestment in public higher education, a decrease in need-based aid, and stagnation in wages, have strained financial resources for many American families who struggle to support a child's college education. Given these financial challenges, it is not surprising that food insecurity is increasingly on the minds of university administrators, who report hearing anecdotes of students struggling to pay for food and other essentials, skipping meals, and adopting unhealthy diets for economic reasons.