Web Forum

Intersectoral Collaboration for Health: Reports from Local Health Departments
Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM Pacific

Increasingly, local communities throughout the United States are adopting a Health in All Policies framework, as they pursue intersectoral, collaborative approaches to improving health by incorporating health considerations into decision-making across all policy areas. This is based on the recognition that policy and program decisions of “non-health” agencies impact health in significant and lasting ways.

Sonoma County’s Health Action is a diverse, multi-disciplinary group charged with identifying priorities and developing specific recommendations on local approaches to promote the community’s health and improve health care delivery. The initiative’s 10 goals and 22 measures include educational attainment, economic security, access to healthy food and places to be active, and other health determinants.

Baltimore’s Cross Agency Health Taskforce is made up of representatives from city agencies that are working together to promote cross sector efforts supporting Healthy Baltimore 2015’s ten priority areas. A Health in All Policies approach provides a framework for agencies to consider their role in making the built and social environment in Baltimore communities more supportive of physical activity, which is the Task Force’s focus for 2012.

This 90-minute Web Forum includes a short overview of the Health in All Policies approach, an introduction to the work of the Baltimore’s Cross Agency Health Taskforce and Sonoma’s Health Action, including history and accomplishments, and a discussion of the lessons learned from these exciting local initiatives.






    Caroline Fichtenburg, PhD
    Center for Public Health Policy
    American Public Health Association (APHA)

    Dr. Linda RudolphCaroline Fichtenberg, PhD, is the Director of the Center for Public Health Policy at the American Public Health Association (APHA). She oversees APHA policy analysis and policy capacity building work, using a health in all policies approach. Prior to joining APHA, Caroline worked for Senator Harkin on the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions committee, and prior to that she served as Director of Epidemiology for the Baltimore City Health Department. She has 14 years of experience working in the public health field on a range of issues and across research and practice settings. (www.apha.org)

    Peter Rumble, MPA
    Health Policy, Planning and Evaluation
    Sonoma County Department of Health Services

    Dr. Linda RudolphMr. Rumble is the Director of the Health Policy, Planning and Evaluation (HPPE) for Sonoma County, a Division within the Department of Health Services established in 2011 to lead, support, coordinate, and partner on program and policy efforts aimed at eliminating health disparities and improving community health in Sonoma County, fostering organizational excellence within the Department, and in doing so empower Sonoma County to be the healthiest in California by 2020. As part of the Division, Mr. Rumble oversees numerous program and policy efforts, including programs such as Safe Routes to School, HEAL, Sonoma Health Action, and work in broad topics such as the local food system, and alcohol, tobacco, and other drug prevention. (www.sonoma-county.org/health/)

    Sarah Morris-Compton, MPP
    Office of Policy and Planning
    Baltimore City Health Department

    Dr. Linda RudolphSarah Morris-Compton is the Director of the Office of Policy and Planning at the Baltimore City Health Department. Appointed by Commissioner Barbot in the fall of 2012, Sarah directs day to day operations of the city-wide health policy agenda, Healthy Baltimore 2015. This effort emphasizes building and sustaining various city-wide coalitions representing city agencies, local hospitals, neighborhood leaders, and private sector partners in service of promoting healthy public policy, access to quality care, and community engagement . The department’s Health Impact Assessment, Cross Agency Health Taskforce, Virtual Supermarket Program, and the Neighborhood Health Initiative are included in her portfolio. (www.baltimorehealth.org/)

    Ruthie Fezahazion, Phd
    California Department of Public Health

    Dr. Linda RudolphRuthie Fesahazion, Ph.D. currently works with the Office of Policy & Planning of the Baltimore City Health Department as the Health Policies and Programs Administrator. With an emphasis on translating science into public health practice, she works with city agencies to implement a comprehensive city-wide health policy agenda through multi-agency efforts, emphasis on the social determinants of health and using a health-in-all-policies framework. (www.baltimorehealth.org/)


    Julia Caplan, MPP, MPH
    Public Health Institute
    California Department of Public Health

    Julia Caplan, MPP, MPHJulia Caplan is the project lead for the Health in All Policies Task Force, a collaboration between the Public Health Institute, the California Department of Public Health, and the California Strategic Growth Council.

    Ms. Caplan has twenty years’ experience in community building, social change, management, and public policy leadership. She has worked to support youth leadership, reproductive rights, economic security for seniors, and protections for consumers of financial products. Ms. Caplan was a fellow in the Women’s Policy Institute in 2009-2010, and holds masters’ degrees in public policy and public health from the University of California, Berkeley. (http://sgc.ca.gov/hiap/)


The following documents are PDF versions of the speakers’ presentations and are intended to be used for reference only.

Fichtenberg/American Public Health Association

Rumble/Sonoma County Department of Health Services

Implementing Health in all Policies/Baltimore Cross Agency Health Taskforce



The following websites provide important background information that can enhance the Web Forum experience.

Healthy by Design Workbook


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