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PHR Article of the Week: Law, the Health in All Policies Approach, and Cross-Sector Collaboration

In the latest issue of Public Health Reports, January/February 2015, Mr. Maxim Gakh, Scholar in Residence at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, School of Community Health Sciences, examines the role of law in fostering collaborations to achieve a health in all policies (HiAP) approach to the development of social policy. This advance has developed as recognition has grown that health care alone cannot sufficiently affect the social determinants of health.


One of the great advances in health policy in recent years, spurred on by the Affordable Care Act, is the concept of cross-sector collaboration that brings together health care, social services, and public health. The law can advance or inhibit such collaboration efforts, and the fundamental importance of using law to expand these types of efforts is the subject of this installment of Law and the Public’s Health.

This week’s PHR feature article, Law, the Health in All Policies Approach, and Cross-Sector Collaboration, will be open access through February 27th.

The official journal of the U.S. Public Health Service and the U.S. Surgeon General since 1878, PHR serves as an informative and accessible resource for practitioners, professors, scholars, and students of public health. Published in collaboration with the Association of Schools and Programs of Public Health (ASPPH), the bi-monthly, peer-reviewed journal provides important research and presents key discussions on the major issues confronting the public health community. For full access to current content, visit the Public Health Reports website to subscribe.