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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. 

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Now Accepting Applications for HIA at Local Health Departments

Through support from CDC's Healthy Community Design Initiative, NACCHO is currently accepting applications for HIAs led by LHDs. Selected LHDs will receive funding and support to complete an HIA on a transportation, land use, community design, parks and recreation, or energy policy, project, plan, or program.

Details: approximately 3 awards of up to $15,000 each will be awarded to LHDs to engage in activities that will lead to the completion of an HIA during the project period, September 2014 - June 2015. Selected LHDs may have access to an HIA mentor for additional support and technical assistance.

Applications are due Friday, August 22, 2014 by 5:00 EDT.

Please download and review all documents carefully before submitting an application online.

Applications will only be accepted online here.

Informational call: NACCHO and CDC hosted an optional teleconference call on August 5th for interested applicants to review the application and answer any questions. Please click here to review a recording of the call.

Please contact with any questions.

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Featured Resources

Equity Metrics for Health Impact Assessment Practice

This tool is a set of process and outcome metrics related to promoting equity through HIA. These metrics provide more detail to the HIA Practice Standards regarding the incorporation of equity into HIA practice and aims to evaluate the degree to which an HIA successfully incorporated equity as well as help guide HIA practitioners, evaluators, and equity advocates to advance the consideration of equity in practice. 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 »