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Health Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is defined 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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Opportunity: Community of Practice for Health Impact Assessment (due: April 15th)

In partnership with Health Impact Project, NACCHO is pleased to accept applications for the Community of Practice for Health Impact Assessment (HIA). NACCHO has a long history of supporting efforts to promote HIA practice at local health departments (LHD).

Deadline to apply is April 15th by 5:00 PM EST.  

Through this initiative, NACCHO is continuing to foster HIA practice and leadership among LHD-based practitioners by instituting a Community of Practice (CoP). The CoP will be made up of LHD-based HIA practitioners from across the country. The aim of the group is to advance HIAs among LHDs by providing a peer-to-peer collaborative environment; sharing relevant HIA information and innovative models of practice and lessons learned; and increasing access to technical assistance and other educational information or skill-building opportunities. 

For more information about the project, please see: 

Applications will only be accepted online by April 15th, 5:00 PM EST. 

Please submit your application here.

Questions? Please email

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