WORK GROUP ON HEALTH IN ALL POLICIES

Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D., Chair

Appointed by Maryland Center for Health Equity, University of Maryland School of Public Health: two vacancies

Representing Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities, Maryland Dept. of Health: Shalewa Noel-Thomas, Ph.D.

Representing Maryland Higher Education Commission: Jonmikel Enriquez

Representing Maryland Hospital Association: Marilyn D. Lynk, Ph.D.

Ex officio: Joseph Bartenfelder, Secretary of Agriculture; Carol A. Beatty, Secretary of Disabilities; Karen B. Salmon, Ph.D., State Superintendent of Schools; Ben H. Grumbles, Secretary of the Environment; Kenneth C. Holt, Secretary of Housing & Community Development; Lourdes R. Padilla, Secretary of Human Services; Kelly M. Schulz, Secretary of Labor, Licensing, and Regulation; Pete K. Rahn, Secretary of Transportation; Barbara J. Bazron, Ph.D., Deputy Secretary, Behavioral Health, & Jennifer L. Newman Barnhart, designee of Deputy Secretary, Public Health Services, Maryland Department of Health; Dayena M. Corcoran, Commissioner of Correction, Department of Public Safety & Correctional Services.

Staff: Stephen B. Thomas, Ph.D.

Maryland Center for Health Equity
School of Public Health, University of Maryland
3302E SPH Building #255, College Park, MD 20742 - 2611
(301) 405-8859
e-mail: sbt@umd.edu


Report to Senate Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee & House Health & Government Operations Committee due Jan. 31, 2018 (Chapter 559, Acts of 2017).

In June 2017, the Work Group on Health in All Policies was established (Chapter 559, Acts of 2017).

Convened by the Maryland Center for Health Equity at the University of Maryland School of Public Health, in consultation with the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, the Work Group has several tasks. First, it will examine the current health status of Maryland citizens, and how State and local governments might collaborate to improve the health of Marylanders. The effect of the following factors on health are to be considered: access to safe and affordable housing; economic stability; educational opportunities; employment prospects; environmental factors; public safety issues; social justice; and workplace factors, such as inclusion, diversity, equity, and barriers to promotion and advancement.

Further, the Work Group will study and make recommendations on how health considerations can be incorporated into the decision-making processes of government agencies and entities that interact with them; how to foster collaboration between State and local governments in developing laws and policies that improve health and reduce health inequities; and recommend how to implement such laws and policies.

In making recommendations, the Work Group is to use a "Health in All Policies" framework, which is a public health framework where health considerations that collaboratively improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities drive policy decision-making across the public and private sectors.

Authorization for the Work Group ends June 30, 2019.

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