Learn How to Incorporate ‘Health in All Policies’ at #MACoCon

Some of the greatest challenges counties face involve treating, managing, and improving the health of their communities. Health challenges are often entangled in a web of social, economic, and environmental factors which have a significant impact on the opportunities or hurdles that arise as governments try to improve the health of their citizens.

An innovative nationwide initiative, Health in All Policies (HiAP), aims to change the old siloed approach to improving health outcomes by encouraging government agencies to collaborate and incorporate health considerations into all policy decisions — transportation, housing, education — that they are making.

At the 2017 MACo Winter Conference learn more about how counties are incorporating HiAP to tackle complex health challenges and improve the health of their communities.

Title: Health in All Policies

Description: Communities across the country are adopting the use of a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach to improving the health of individuals and populations. HiAP is a collaborative approach, usually led by local public health departments, that integrates health considerations into policy discussions and policy decisions across all sectors of a community to improve population health. Panelists will provide an overview of the tenets and principles of HiAP, describe how this approach is being used to improve educational attainment, housing, transportation, and neighborhood safety, while also improving health outcomes, and discuss how the approach can be used in local jurisdictions. In this session, learn how counties are building community-based partnerships and strengthening strategies to incorporate public health practices in all policies.


  • Bridget Kerner, National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO)
  • Robert Stephens, Health Officer, Garrett County

Moderator: The Honorable Addie Eckardt, Maryland Senate

Date/Time: Thursday, December 7, 2017; 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm

The MACo Winter Conference will be held December 6-8, 2017 at the Hyatt Regency Chesapeake Bay Hotel in Cambridge, Maryland. This year the conference’s theme is “The Power of Partnership.”

Learn more about MACo’s 2017 Winter Conference: