Local Health Department Grantees Will Bring “Health in All Policies” Approach to Lead Poisoning Prevention
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COLUMBIA, MD (January 17, 2019) — The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH), in collaboration with the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), the National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), and the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO), will offer support to local governmental agencies to implement a Health in All Policies (HiAP) strategy as part of their lead prevention implementation program and activities. This effort is supported through cooperative agreements with CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health (CDC-RFA-OT18-1802: Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nation’s Health).
Health in All Policies exists as a practice because local health departments face persistent challenges to their work that come from areas seemingly unrelated to public health. A Health in All Policies approach means that public health and outside sectors collaborate so that the health impacts of a program, policy, or planning decision are considered at the design stage, resulting in healthier policies and healthier constituents.
Three organizations were selected to receive a technical assistance package consisting of a $20,000 mini-grant and up to six months of technical assistance. The purpose of these grants is to advance local efforts to reduce lead exposure and its effects and build capacity to use a Health in All Policies approach for future efforts.