Bloustein, Together North Jersey to host “Health in All Policies” workshop March 18

February 22, 2013



“Health in All Policies (HIAP),” an approach to policy development that builds consideration of public health impacts into decision-making in “non-health” policy areas such as transportation, housing, environment, energy and economic development, will be the subject of a day-long workshop sponsored by the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy, Together North Jersey, the New Jersey Department of Health, the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO), the New Jersey Association of County and City Health Officials (NJACCHO), and Shaping New Jersey.

The all-day workshop will be held on Monday, March 18 at the Cook College Center, 59 Bield Road, New Brunswick NJ on the campus of Rutgers University. The event is planned to introduce the concept of HIAP and train participants in approaches to HIAP, leaving them with the tools needed to take a HIAP approach in non-health decision-making.

Developed in partnership with state and federal agencies and others, the workshop will serve as an important educational and training opportunity for local public health officers in New Jersey.  Additionally, the workshop will serve to assist with building capacity into the Together North Jersey deliberative process to foster consideration of health impacts into development of the Regional Plan for Sustainable Development.

The audience for this workshop is expected to include participants of the standing committees that are part of the Together North Jersey initiative, local public health officers in New Jersey, and other interested individuals and organizations including planners and policymakers. The focus of the workshop will be on

  • Educating participants on the concepts of HIAP and the value in taking a HIAP approach;
  • Inspiring participants to adopt a HIAP approach by better understanding the value of HIAP;
  • Empowering participants to recognize HIAP as an approach that is attainable by providing them with examples and case studies of successful HIAP efforts in areas such as housing, land use, transportation, energy, etc.; and
  • Building capacity to apply tangible HIAP approaches in their day-to-day decision-making.

Arthur Wendel, team leader of the Center for Disease Control’s Healthy Community Design Initiative will provide a luncheon keynote, “Leading Practices of Health In All Policies.” The morning session of the workshop will include an overview and introduction of available opportunities for health in all policies followed by a framework for implementing the approach. Case studies of health in all policies in action will also be presented in various non-health policy areas including land use and the built environment, zoning, transportation and housing, and planning. The afternoon will include a series of smaller interactive breakout sessions designed to help participants learn how to apply leading HIAP practices to their policy areas.

General registration is $35 per person; participants of Together North Jersey can register for a discounted fee.

More information about the event can be found at, including the agenda to date.



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