This bill would permanently establish the Health in All Policies (HiAP) Program to incorporate health, equity, and sustainability considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.
AAP Positional Letter
June 14, 2018
The Honorable Bob Wieckowski
Chair, Senate Environmental Quality Committee
State Capitol, Room 2205
Sacramento, CA 95814
RE: AB 2434 (Bloom) Strategic Growth Council: Health in All Policies
AAP-CA Position: Support
Dear Chair Wiechowski,
The American Academy of Pediatrics, California (AAP-CA), representing over 5,000 California pediatricians, strongly supports AB 2434 (Bloom) to permanently establish the Health in All Policies (HiAP) Program to incorporate health, equity, and sustainability considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas.
Our greatest health challenges—like chronic illness, climate change, health inequities between populations, and increasing health care costs—are highly complex and influenced by policies, programs, and investments across sectors. These issues are best addressed when public health practitioners and nontraditional partners who have influence over social determinants of health work together.
The HiAP Task Force, established in 2010, brought together 22 departments, agencies, and offices from across State Government to incorporate health, equity, and sustainability considerations into decision-making across sectors and policy areas. It has played a key role in the the advancement of innovative policies that promote the health and well-being of all Californians by bringing together departments and agencies that might not have had the chance to work collaboratively elsewise.
AB 2434 (Bloom) would require the HiAP Program, established by the Strategic Growth Council and in collaboration with the Department of Public Health, to be a permanent program, addressing the health needs of Californians into the future.
Pediatrician members of AAP California Chapters 1, 2, 3 and 4 statewide support proposed legislation AB 2434 (Bloom) and urge an AYE vote. Thank you for your public service and leadership on behalf of the health and wellbeing of children, youth, and families in California.
Chief Executive Officer, American Academy of Pediatrics, California
cc: Members of Senate Environmental Quality Committee
The Honorable Richard Bloom, Author
AAP-CA Leadership; Lobbyist Lydia Bourne