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Health in All Policies (HiAP)

Course Code: EP0706WA21

Hand placing dice on a table spelling the word health surrounded by icons for transportation, housing, education, employment, and money

Date &Time

Last Held: February 19, 2021
9:00am - 3:30pm EST

Next offering TBD


Health in All Policies (HiAP) is a strategy that strengthens the link between health and other policies, creating a supportive environment that enables people to lead healthy lives. HiAP considers the intentional or unintentional impact of non-health policies in areas such as education, housing, transportation, economic development, and others on individual and/or population health. HiAP approaches are central to the concept of achieving a "culture of health" that leads to more healthy and equitable outcomes.

In this session, the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative (PHCI) will lead an introductory training on Health in All Policies, focusing on how to bring community health and equity into planning processes and decision-making, emerging tools to build capacity for health advancement in planning, and how to support health in all policies. In addition to presentations, participants will engage in group exercises, discuss opportunities and challenges to integrating health into planning and policy processes, and learn about new statewide collaborative initiatives.

Learning Objectives:

  • Define HiAP and recognize why and when to use the HiAP approach.
  • Understand the broader context of health influences, social determinants of health, and health equity.
  • Learn how to identify and use data to measure progress in health objectives.
  • Understand how to effectively engage stakeholders in collaborative and inter-sectoral efforts to promote health.
  • Explore opportunities to incorporate Health in All Policies into government decision-making processes.
  • Gain familiarity with Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and other emerging tools that can provide evidence-based recommendations aimed at enhancing positive health impacts and minimizing negative ones.
  • Review the resources available to local government decision-makers and citizens that wish to include health consideration in community planning.
Meet Your Instructors
Dr. Karen Lowrie, instructor for Health in All Policies

Karen Lowrie, Ph.D.

Dr. Karen Lowrie is an Associate Director for the Environmental Analysis and Communication Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, and a Facilitator of the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative. Karen conducts research, outreach, and education in the fields of urban land use, risk analysis and communication, and environmental health.

Leigh Ann Von Hagen, instructor for Health in All Policies

Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP

A licensed professional planner, Leigh Ann Von Hagen is a Senior Research Specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. A leader in bringing health considerations into non-health sector decisions, she was instrumental in launching several statewide health initiatives including Safe Routes to School, Sustainable Jersey, Mayors Wellness Campaign, and Shaping NJ.

Who Should Attend?
Practitioners and policymakers in a variety of sectors can benefit from this training, including:
  • Attorneys (CLE)
  • Health Care / Community Health Professionals
  • Housing / Zoning Professionals
  • Municipal Finance
  • Municipal Professional Engineers (PE)
  • Professional Planners (APA)
  • Public Health Professionals (HO/REHS/CHES)
  • Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP)

The February 19, 2021 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

In addition to 0.5 Rutgers CEUs, this course has been approved for the following credits:

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES): Pending

American Planners Association (APA): 4 CM (This course is sponsored in part by the American Planning Association, New Jersey Chapter.)

NJ Continuing Legal Education (CLE): 5.0 CLEs

NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists: Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this course will be awarded 5.0 CEs.

NJ Professional Engineers: 5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

Registration Fee TBD  
Multi-Person Registration Fee TBD Register at the same time with a colleague and you both save!
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


No meals will be provided.

Accessing this Online Course

This online class will be delivered via Webex Training. Registrants will receive more information as we move close to the course date and on Februar 18, they will receive an email with a link to access the course and a document with tips on how to use Webex.

Please note that you will be prompted to upload a picture of yourself holding your government-issued photo ID before you begin the course. The photo must be clear enough that we can read the name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it. An OCPE staff member will review the picture and verify your identity.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • Laptop or desktop computers are required for this class
  • Speakers and microphone are not necessary as a call in option is available


  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with co-workers.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with your co-workers or supervisor, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration is required.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

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Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Arleth Mendoza, 848-932-7764