IPHI Releases 2019 Policy Platform: Promoting Cross-Sector Partnership and Systems Change to Ensure Health and Health Equity in Illinois

IPHI has developed a 2019 Policy Platform, designed to guide IPHI’s policy advocacy and leadership as the new JB Pritzker/Julianna Stratton administration and General Assembly begin their work in January. The platform articulates a number of policy objectives that derive from IPHI’s work in cross-sector partnerships for data exchange, collaborations among hospitals and community organizations to address health equity and social determinants of health, partnerships with local health departments, and policy and systems efforts to address chronic disease, nutrition and physical activity. The platform focuses on three broad categories of work with several policy prescriptions in each area:

1. Support Cross-Sector Collaboration to Improve Health
The state can do more to support cross-sector collaboration, including promoting cross-sector data sharing, and ensuring health care spending supports healthcare integration with social, human, and community services. To create sustainable partnerships to promote health and equity, the Pritzker/Stratton administration can:

  1. Adopt a “Health in All Policies” approach with health equity as the goal across state agencies.
  2. Support the integration of health care with social, human, and community-based services, including Medicaid and commercial insurance payment models, infrastructure supports, and information technology to connect health care with social, human and community-based services.

2. Rebuild the Governmental Public Health Infrastructure
The Illinois Department of Public Health and the 97 certified local health departments in Illinois are the front-line of defense for the public’s health. They are critical to preventing the spread of communicable diseases and supporting the prevention and management of chronic diseases in communities across Illinois. Ensuring the public’s health in Illinois requires financial investments, workforce development and leadership support.

  1. Invest in the public health workforce.
  2. Support accreditation and quality improvement for public health departments.
  3. Properly fund and staff the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) to increase its capacity for leadership on critical public health issues.

3. Ensure State Investment and Planning for Disease Prevention and Health Equity

  1. Invest in a state wellness fund for obesity and chronic disease prevention initiatives.
  2. Support policies that create more nutritious food environments and opportunities for physical activity in communities across the state as outlined in the Illinois Alliance to Prevent Obesity’s policy priorities.
  3. If adult-use marijuana is legalized, ensure it is done in a safe, healthy, and equitable way as outlined in IPHI’s policy brief: Protecting Public Health and Promoting Equity in Adult-Use Marijuana Legalization in Illinois

Read the full policy platform.

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