Health in All Policies approach

The focus of the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion is on how to promote  health and well-being by implementing  the Health in All Policies approach. In lead-up to the conference, a Conference working definition on Health in All Policies is being proposed by the World Health Organization (WHO). 

In support of this process, WHO held a web-based consultation from 8-19 October 2012, to gather opinion on the proposed conference working definition of the Health in All Policies approach. The consultation was run by the Health Promotion and Social Determinants of Health Units of WHO.

This process resulted in the following definition being proposed for the Conference. 

"Health in All Policies is 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." 

Key points for elaboration on the definition:

A Health in All Policies approach is founded on health-related rights and obligations.

It improves accountability of policy-makers for health impacts at all levels of policy-making.

It includes an emphasis on the consequences of public policies for health systems, determinants of health, and well-being.

It also contributes to sustainable development.

For the definition consulted upon in October 2012 click here


See also

You can still share your views on the definition in Members Forums or by emailing actionsdh@who.int


Australia, Government of South Australia

Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare (under Ministry of Health, Finland)

Finnish Book produced for the European Union (EU) Presidency and associated EU Policy Brief

New book: Intersectoral Governance for Health in All Policies

Finnish book being produced for the 8th Global Conference on Health Promotion

Intersectoral action on health: A path for policy-makers to implement effective and sustainable action on health

Interview with Ilona Kickbusch about the Health in all Policies approach 

Eeva Ollila article on moving from rhetoric to action