Public Policy as a Determinant of Health


Date / Time

Oct 21, 2020, 4:00pm–5:00pm Save to your calendar (.ics file)


We find ourselves in a time of unprece­dented, devas­tating health challenges harming all of humankind, partic­u­larly those most margin­al­ized and vulner­able. The U.S. Depart­ment of Health and Human Services’ Healthy People 2020 identi­fies policy making as one of the five deter­mi­nants of health. Never before has the impact of public policy on health been more apparent. Nurses’ respon­si­bility to influ­ence public policy through advocacy and at the ballot box are powerful means to positively affect the health of patients, families, commu­ni­ties, and popula­tions. Shaping public policy is a true oppor­tu­nity for nurses to lead and cannot be missed in order to fulfill nursing’s profes­sional commit­ment to social justice. 

Dr. Janice Phillips, PhD, RN, CENP, FAAN #

Dr. Phillips authored
Nurse Advocacy: Adopting a Health in All Policies Approach

Anna Hing, MPH #

Ms. Hing authored
The Right to Vote, The Right to Health: Voter Suppres­sion as a Deter­mi­nant of Racial Health Dispar­i­ties