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Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH

Julia Caplan is Program Director of the California Health in All Policies Task Force, which is a collaborative project between the California Strategic Growth Council, the Public Health Institute (PHI), and the California Department of Public Health. In this capacity, Julia facilitates a multi-agency process that brings together over twenty state agencies, departments, and offices to build collaborative partnerships to incorporate health, equity, and environmental sustainability considerations into decision-making and government operations across policy areas as diverse as transportation, land use, education, agriculture, and social services. Most recently, Julia and her team expanded their work and launched the Capitol Collaborative on Race and Equity (CCORE), to support state government agencies in addressing institutional and structural racism. Julia also provides Health in All Policies workshops for local governments and local health departments and co-authored Health in All Policies: A Guide for State and Local Governments in 2013. Earlier in her career, she co-founded a Jewish Voice for Peace and was active in reproductive rights issues. Ms. Caplan has twenty-five years’ experience in social justice and public policy leadership, and holds masters’ degrees in public policy and public health from the University of California, Berkeley. She lives in Oakland with her wife.

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)

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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

Strong leadership and organizational management can enhance the success and sustainability of public health interventions. PHI’s capacity bui...

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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

The Public Health Institute (PHI) doesn't just bring people to the table: we bring the right people to the table. We build strong coalitions an...

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Health Equity & Social Justice

Health is a fundamental human right. But in the U.S. and around the world, people of color, low-income communities, people with disabilities and ot...

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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

Changing policies and practices at a school or preschool, in a local business or workplace, or in a neighborhood, state, and country can create pal...

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Social Determinants of Health

Malnutrition, food insecurity and hunger often go hand-in-hand with obesity and chronic disease. Many vulnerable families live in neighborhoods tha...

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