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Health information and advocacy for “Health in All Policies”: a research agenda
  1. Lucy A Parker1,2,
  2. Blanca Lumbreras1,2,
  3. Ildefonso Hernández-Aguado1,2
  1. 1Public Health Department, Miguel Hernández University, Alicante, Spain
  2. 2CIBER en Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Barcelona, Spain
  1. Correspondence to Miss Lucy A Parker, Public Health Department, Miguel Hernandez University, Ctra. Alicante-Valencia, Km. 8'7, Alicante 03550, Spain; lparker{at}umh.es

Abstract

Placing health in the agendas of all policy makers remains a challenge. Finding new ways to boost Health in All Policies should be a continuous process. Currently, health information initiatives gather core health statistics, indicators related to healthcare, along with individual level risk factors such as smoking or obesity. However, there is a lack of identifiable information showing the effect of non-primary health policies on population health. A research agenda is proposed, focusing on three related areas that would frame health information in such a way that the implications for decision-makers from non-health sectors are clear: (a) research in order to provide solid and quantitative evidence linking the social and environmental determinants of health with their ultimate health outcomes; (b) research that shows and quantifies the effect of policies and specific interventions on these determinants; and (c) the development of policy-linked indicators which provide a quantitative estimate of the health that would be gained (or disease burden that could be avoided) by adoption of a specific policy.

  • Population health
  • policies
  • advocacy
  • health policy
  • health indicator
  • HiAP
  • Health in All Policies
  • HIA
  • Health Impact Assessment

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Footnotes

  • Funding This work was supported by CIBER en Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP) in Spain. The funding sources had no role in the design, conduct or reporting of the study or in the decision to submit the manuscript for publication.

  • Competing interests None.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.

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