Intersectoral governance for health in all policies. Structures, actions and experiences

Many of the policies and programmes that affect health originate outside the health sector. Governments therefore need to address population health using a strategy or policy principle that fosters intersectoral action.

Health in all policies (HiAP) does just that, encouraging intersectoral approaches to management, coordination and action. This publication captures the research on how intersectoral governance structures operate, showing:

  • how governments and ministries can initiate action, and
    how intersectoral governance structures can be successfully established, used and sustained.

It provides accessible and relevant examples for policy-makers of the governance tools and instruments available, and over 20 mini case studies from Europe, the Americas, Asia and Australia on how countries currently use intersectoral governance for HiAP. It also identifies key intersectoral structures and how they facilitate intersectoral action:

  • cabinet committees and secretariats
    parliamentary committees
    interdepartmental committees and units
    mega-ministries and mergers
    joint budgeting
    delegated financing, and
    public, stakeholder and industry engagement.

Authors: David V. McQueen, Matthias Wismar, Vivian Lin, Catherine M. Jones and Maggie D, on behalf of WHO Europe.

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Governmental / Institutional / Public Health Statutory Body Document, Policy & Policy Analysis, Research
Governance, Health in All Policies, Economy of Wellbeing, Health Impact Assessment, sustainable development

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