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Working with Other Movements to Achieve Community Health Goals: Climate Change, Health in All Policies, and More

2011 | Download

In California, two policy-oriented movements offer tremendous opportunities for communities working to build community health and health equity by improving food and physical activity environments.

Both movements bring together practitioners and advocates from many different arenas, building a diverse and potentially powerful constituency that could reinforce the voice of community health advocates. Both movements can also benefit tremendously from having community health advocates and local community residents add their voices, perspectives, and vigilance to the effort.

California’s climate change legislation offers the chance to improve community health and health equity, through better housing, land use and transportation plans linked to a vision for California that significantly reduces greenhouse gas emissions over the next 25 years.

The Health in All Policies approach looks at all policies for their impact on health, and includes positive health outcomes and health equity goals as part of how any policy should be assessed. It brings multiple agencies, including those responsible for health, economics, education, planning, land use, transportation and housing, together to strategically incorporate public health into all policy discussions and action.

Here, we provide an overview of both of these movements. Download the brief. 

We show what communities advocating for healthier food and physical activity environments and for health equity could gain by connecting to or leveraging off of these efforts. This brief provides an overview of the movement to implement California's climate change legislation in ways that offer maximum co-benefits to health, equity, and sustainability, and an overview of California's Health in All Policies movement, to show what communities advocating for healthier food and physical activity environments could gain by connecting to or leveraging off of these efforts. It offers links to where to find out more, as well as contact information to help communities get involved.