Presented by the Pajaro Valley Food, Farming and Health Policy Council , a Presentation on HEALTH IN ALL POLICIES (HiAP) with Mimi Hall, Santa Cruz Health Services Agency and ADVOCACY 101 with Tracey Patterson, California Food Policy Advocates

Power Point: Health In All Policies  

 

On February 12th, 20 community interested community members gathered to learn about an approach to planning called “Health in All Policies” (HiAP) being championed by the Santa Cruz County Health Services Agency (HSA). HSA Director and Health Trust Board member Mimi Hall, MPH, described HiAP as an approach to public policies across sectors that systematically takes into account the health implications of decision, seeks synergies, and avoids harmful health impacts in order to improve population health and health equity. Ms. Hall shared several case studies of how HiAP led to expanded access to healthcare – such as MediCal express enrollment via school nutrition program eligibility – or improvements in public health programming, such as youth violence prevention and restorative justice approaches adopted in Santa Cruz County and elsewhere in the state.

Tracey Patterson, Director of Community Engagement at California Food Policy Advocates, stepped participants through a brief overview of Policy Advocacy 101. She observed that, “Policy provides the sustainability for the things we want to do,” and described how local policymaking and advocacy efforts can be responsive and creative, removing longstanding inequities, allowing new things to happen, or opening up funding for new initiatives. Ms. Patterson invited participants to discuss in small groups what they’d like to see changed. Responses included: refinement and expansion of a Healthy Food Ordinance for the City of Watsonville to include prioritizing local, healthy food and minimizing drive-through establishments; raising awareness of the significance of school meals provided through PVUSD and taking steps to ensure they are filled with locally sourced produced and available to all children & youth who need them; and identifying and incorporating high quality protein sources in food distribution through Second Harvest Food Bank.

The Food Farming & Health Policy Council’s next meeting is Tuesday, March 12th from 1:30-3:00pm in the King Community Room at 85 Nielson Street.