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2022 HiAP Annual Report

It is our pleasure to share with you the first report of the Health in All Policies Workgroup, a cross-sector partnership of 22 state and non-state agencies co-led by the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) and the University of Illinois Chicago School of Public Health (UIC SPH), in compliance with the requirements set forth in Health in All Policies Act (“The Act” (410 ILCS 155/10(a) thru 155/10(i)).

Effective January 1, 2020, the act centers our work on the development, adoption, and implementation of a Health in All Policies (HiAP) Framework to serve as a process through which policymakers and stakeholders in the public and private sectors use a cross-sector collaborative approach to improve health outcomes and reduce health inequities for the residents of the state of Illinois by incorporating health considerations into decision-making and policy.

A legislative change was pursued to extend the submission deadline of the first workgroup report (initial due date: December 31, 2020) in light of competing commitments related to the response to the COVID-19 pandemic and other emerging public health threats. Public Act 102-1071 was approved by Gov. JB Pritzker on June 10, 2022, to extend the report deadline to December 31, 2022, and our workgroup officially convened with meetings in September and November.

The focus selected for this year’s report is social justice and health. In our work over the last few years to mitigate health threats both related to and compounded by COVID-19 and other emerging diseases, we’ve had to face the manifestations of historic systemic and structural injustice and disproportionate impacts to the health, well-being, and mortality of communities across the state. This act presents a timely opportunity to explore innovative ways to use our collective voices, power, and action to foster a system-wide culture of health and address the forces that underlie health inequities.

We want to take this opportunity to thank the members of the workgroup for their cooperation and commitment, and hereby respectfully submit the Health in all Policies December 31, 2022, report.

Sincerely,

Sameer Vohra, MD, JD, MA
Director
Illinois Department of Public Health

Wayne H. Giles, MD, MS
Dean and Professor
UIC School of Public Health