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Health in All Policies (HiAP)


Course Code: EP0706WB21

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

Date &Time

Last Held: June 18, 2021
9:00am - 3:30pm EDT

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)

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

American Planners Association (APA): 4 CM credits

NJ Continuing Legal Education (CLE): 5 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 education program will be awarded 5.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

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

Registration Fee TBD  
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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 Zoom. On June 17, registrants will receive an email with a link to access the course and a document with tips on how to use Zoom.

Equipment you will need to access this training:

  • A computer or tablet
  • Microphones and webcams are required as this is a very interactive course

Photo ID Requirement:

Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.

  • You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
  • The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
  • After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.


  • 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.


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Program Coordinator: Suzanne Hills, 848-932-7234
Administrative Assistant: Sarah McCarthy, 848-932-7703