Health is largely determined by factors outside the health care domain. Efforts to integrate health considerations into societal policy-making with the aim to improve population health are being made almost everywhere, both at the Community level as well as at the national, regional and local levels.
This volume, published in the context of the Finnish Presidency of the European Union (EU), aims to highlight how and why the health dimension can and should be taken into account across all government sectors. Particular emphasis is placed on the unique mandate and obligation of the EU to protect health in all its policies. The topic is explored from the perspectives of available methods and different levels of policy-making, and examples are included from specific policy areas and health issues.