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Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH

Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH, is Program Director for the Health in All Policies Task Force, which is a collaborative project between the Public Health Institute, the California Strategic Growth Council, and the California Department of Public Health. The Health in All Policies Task Force brings together over twenty state agencies and departments to support healthy, sustainable, and equitable communities through cross-sectoral collaboration. This project represents the first formal use of a Health in All Policies approach by a US state government.

Caplan has nearly twenty years of experience in community building, social change, and healthy public policy leadership and extensive experience managing programs and projects. She has worked to support youth leadership, reproductive rights, economic security for seniors, and protections for consumers of financial products. Caplan was a fellow in the Women’s Policy Institute in 2009-2010, and received master’s degrees in both public policy and public health from the University of California at Berkeley. 

California Health in All Policies Task Force - Promoting Active Transportation and Access to Greening and Parks

The California Health in All Policies (HiAP) program will engage California state agencies in focusing on low-income and under-served communities while supporting the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) 2020 transportation mode shift goal to increase the percentage of bicycle, pedestrian, and transit trips.  The program will also engage HiAP Task Force member agencies to identify opportunities to promote community greening and access to parks as part of a broader strategy to promote health, equity, and environmental sustainability.

Designing Safe California Environments for Health

This project combines land use and violence prevention strategies in a practical, usable guidance document that will help local governments and community leaders improve community safety. It supports The California Endowment's Health Happens in Neighborhoods campaign.

Exploring the Value of Prevention: Changing How We Value and Pay for Health

PHI is partnering with Social Finance on core elements of the proposed work product in response to the Blue Shield Foundation of California’s Designing the Future of Health Initiative: identifying key barriers faced by policymakers involved in the HiAP Task Force; identifying leaders at the State with whom to pressure-test tools and messages developed in this process; supporting message development, testing, and refinement; and convening key leaders and influencers in the state to provide input and participate in workshop, training, and diagnostic sessions. Along the way, members of PHI are also participating in ongoing working group sessions.

Health Impact Assessment Training and TA

PHI is collaborating with the Sequoia Foundation and California Department of Public Health to build infrastructure, systems and policies to support more routine integration of health and health impact assessment (HIA) into organizations’ work.  The Health in All Policies program supports the project with training and technical assistance on introduction of HIA and HIA methods to local health departments.

Health in All Policies Task Force - Active Transportation and Violence Prevention

PHI will convene state agency members of the California Health in All Policies Task Force to promote healthy communities, active transportation and violence prevention.

Health in All Policies Task Force 2016-2017

Funding supports continued efforts of the Health in All Policies Task Force.

Health in all Policies Task Force's Food Procurement project

The goal of this project is to lay the groundwork to advance California state government procurement policies that increase access to healthy and location-efficient food. Efforts will result in collaboration with Health in All Policies Task Force members to identify an agency or several agencies to begin implementing a healthy and location-efficient food procurement policy.

Health in All Policies Training

PHI will design and facilitate a training on Health in All Policies for the Merced County Public Health Department, and provide consultation to Department Leadership on implementing HiAP next steps.

Health in All Policies Training

PHI will design and facilitate a training workshop on Health in All Policies for the Merced County Public Health Department staff in the First 5, PPP, and Nursing sections , and provide consultation to Department Leadership on implementing Health in All Policies next steps.

Support of the Health in All Policies Task Force

With this intervention, the Health in All Policies (HiAP) Task Force staff will facilitate the task force's interagency process, maintain stakeholder engagement, and further expand technical assistance and local support through development and dissemination of a HiAP toolkit. Additional technical assistance will include webinars on the HiAP approach, which will be especially targeted at The California Endowment's Building Healthy Communities sites.

Progressing the Sustainable Development Goals through Health in All Policies: Case studies from around the world (2017)

Although policy-makers are increasingly aware of the need to work across sectors, change is not easy. Understanding and addressing the underlying d...

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A Practice-Grounded Approach for Evaluating Health in All Policies Initiatives in the United States (2016)

Objective To address the social determinants of health, an increasing number of public health practitioners are implementing Health in All Poli...

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Working Together: Building Health in All Policies Partnerships (2015)

The Public Health Institute's Health in All Policies team has been a national and international leader in building the Health in All Policies m...

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Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Government (2013)

Health in All Policies   The Public Health Institute provides technical support for Health in All Policies initiatives at both the sta...

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Health in All Policies: Improving Health Through Intersectoral Collaboration (2013)

In this discusson paper, Linda Rudolph and colleagues explain the need for health in all policies approaches to confront complex and current h...

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Capacity Building & Training

With diverse public health programs spanning the globe, PHI understands how strong leadership and organizational management can enhance the success...

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Chronic Disease

Chronic, non-communicable diseases—such as heart disease, cancer, asthma, obesity, and diabetes—are responsible for close to 75 percent...

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Coalition & Network Building

Building strong coalitions and networks is essential to solving today’s pressing public health issues. The Public Health Institute (PHI) can ...

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Health in All Policies

Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a collaborative approach to improving the health of all people by incorporating health considerations into decisio...

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Public Policy Development

The Public Health Institute believes in the importance of research- and community-based approaches to policy development. PHI produces forward...

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