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WHO-ASPPH-NEHA Workshop on Health in All Policies: Air Pollution Theme

ASPPH co-hosted the Health in All Policies (HiAP) Workshop: The Case of Air Pollution, Urban Health, and Sustainability from June 18 – 20 in Washington, DC. This skill-building event marked the 21st World Health Organization (WHO)-sponsored HiAP workshop and the first, innovative collaboration among WHO, ASPPH, and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) on the topic. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) also supported the effort.

The workshop also represents the first time that WHO took on the theme of air pollution in HiAP and it represented their first convening of academics and practitioners to address the educational challenges and opportunities in using HiAP. Twenty-three professionals – from health, working in public health or environmental sciences, and other disciplines across the globe joined the workshop to learn more about how to apply Health in All Policies approaches in both academic and practice settings.

ASPPH was keen, in particular, to offer environmental health (EH) faculty and other academic leaders this workshop to help them reach the emerging EH workforce with cross-cutting skills for using policy to enhance health. Accordingly, the workshop is suggested as one means for faculty to improve EH teaching, connect with practice partners on policy creation and implementation, and engage with multi-sectoral stakeholders to effect change that advances population health. The following faculty attended from ASPPH-member schools and programs:

*Dr. Dannenberg formed one of the “pairs” of teams who joined in the workshop, coming with his Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department colleague, Mr. Luke Sturgeon, and Dr. Ana Ortigoza joined in with partner, Ms. Katherine Britt Indvik of the International Institute for Global Health, United Nations University.

Prior to the workshop, participants undertook extensive readings and preparatory exercises to position themselves at the workshop to produce an action plan relevant to their own context. This plan outlined strategies for each participant to apply social determinants of health and HiAP approaches to urban health problems, including air pollution, and/or, education and skills development. See the workshop agenda. The workshop followed the WHO Health in All Policies Training Manual and, for communications, the BreatheLife campaign. More info on HiAP is available on WHO’s HiAP website.

Many thanks go to Dean Jon Samet (Colorado) who served on the workshop organizing committee, and Dean Ana Diez-Roux (Drexel), who advised on the effort.