Health Impact Assessment
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is defined by the National Research Council as "a systematic process that uses an array of data sources and analytic methods and considers input from stakeholders to determine the potential effects of a proposed policy, plan, program, or project on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA provides recommendations on monitoring and managing those effects." NACCHO aims to build the capacity of local health departments to be involved in decision-making processes through the use of HIA, and extend their role in public policies that impact health outcomes and health equity.
In the Spotlight
NACCHO seeks to advance the practice of HIA among local health departments. Through support from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Designing and Building Healthy Places Initiative, two to three selected awardees will be provided technical assistance and funding to complete an HIA related to a transportation, land use, or housing project, plan, or proposal between January and June 2014.
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***Applications are due Monday, December 9, 8:00 PM ET***
HIA Mentorship Project
Congratulations to the 2013 - 2014 HIA Mentorship Awardees
NACCHO's HIA Mentorship Project is part of an ongoing effort to increase the use of HIA among local health departments. Through support from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, four local health departments were selected from a competitive pool of applicants to receive peer-to-peer assistance, intensive technical support, and training, thereby, advancing the practice of HIA among local health department-based practitioners while increasing the number of HIAs completed in the United States. Mentee local health departments will conduct their first ever comprehensive HIAs during a twelve-month project period, between September 2013 and August 2014.
Mentee Local Health Departments:
Delaware General Health District in Delaware, OH will conduct an HIA of the proposed Simon Property Group and Tanger Outlets development of a 350,000 sq-foot outlet center on approximately 50 acres in Berkshire Township.
Prince George's County Health Department in Largo, MD will implement an HIA of the new Transit District Development Plan and Transit District Overlay Zone map amendment for the College Park/ University Maryland Metro and MARCH Station area.
New Orleans Health Department in New Orleans, LA will conduct an HIA on the redevelopment of a former elementary school, a 65,000 sq-foot site with nearly 11,000 sq-feet of open space, along the historic Claiborne Corridor.
Public Health Madison and Dane County in Madison, WI will be conducting an HIA of an update to the master plan for a 33-acre city part property, currently being used as the Nine Springs Golf Course in Fitchburg, WI.
To learn more about their projects, please click here.
HIA Project Map
The local health departments profiled in this map have conducted or are currently conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) with NACCHO's support. More »
Health Impact Assessment: Quick Guide
This guide provides brief orientation to potential users of HIA who are working to create healthier living environments. More »
Planning for Healthy Places with Health Impact Assessments
This resource is a "how to" guide for conducting Health Impact Assessment, developed by the American Planning Association and NACCHO, sponsored by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. More »
HIA Mentorship Project 2013 - 2014 Toolkit
This toolkit provides a basic primer on HIA and a number of resources on the topic. The toolkit is not meant to be comprehensive, but can serve as an introduction to HIA, or a refresher for more seasoned practitioners. More »