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Englewood Line Trail – Health Impact Assessment

November 2016

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englewood_line_trail_hia-2_page_01The Illinois Public Health Institute and the Chicago Department of Public Health are excited to release findings and recommendations from a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) that was conducted in 2015-2016. IPHI and CDPH partnered with the city’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and numerous community partners to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of a proposed multi-use trail in the Englewood and West Englewood community areas of Chicago.

The HIA report includes recommendations to maximize the positive health benefits of trail development and reduce potential negative health impacts.

The proposed trail will be elevated, converting a former rail line to a trail that will run parallel to 59th Street and eventually cover approximately 1.7 miles from Hoyne Avenue on the West to Wallace Street on the East. The City of Chicago’s Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and Teska Associates began work to design the trail in 2015, and they plan to begin construction on one of the trail access points in partnership with GreenCorps in 2017.

This is the first HIA conducted by CDPH, and is demonstrative of CDPH’s commitment to Health in All Policies under Healthy Chicago 2.0, a four-year plan to improve health equity. The HIA assessed the potential health impacts that would result from short-term and long-term decisions related to trail development and maintenance. In addition to DPD, other important decision makers during the project will include local alderman, the Chicago Plan Commission, City Council. Chicago Park District, Cook County Forest Preserve, Chicago Public Schools, and funders.

The proposed trail could have significant impacts in Englewood and West Englewood. Development of the trail represents an opportunity to bring significant investment and improved quality of life for individuals in these communities. The trail project also presents an important opportunity for community members to have input and leadership in decision-making regarding development in Englewood.

A community engaged process was used to identify eight major health impact topics for the HIA. The topic areas included:

  • Access to green space and parks
  • Changes in community safety
    • Community cohesion and ownership
    • Safety from crime
    • Traffic safety
  • Economic and workforce development
  • Environmental conditions
    • Air quality
    • Contaminated sites and brownfields

During the HIA process, community safety was identified as a top issue that could impact community resident’s use of the trail. As a result, the HIA team partnered with Dr. Jacqueline Curtis, the Associate Director of the GIS Health and Hazards Lab at Kent State University, to conduct a survey assessing community perceptions of safety for the areas surrounding the proposed trial site. More than 50 surveys were contributed by individuals who live or work in the areas nearest the proposed trail site and the HIA team was able to make specific recommendations for improving community perceptions of safety on or near the proposed trail.

The HIA was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, with funding from the de Beaumont Foundation. The views expressed are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Health Impact Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, or de Beaumont Foundation.

A mini grant for tool evaluation of the Parks, Trails and Health Workbook was provided by the National Association of County and City Health Officials.

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Health in All Policies Training and Health Impact Assessment Webinar

Join us for a free training workshop that will provide an introduction to tools, approaches, and strategies for implementing health in all policies including: Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Healthy communities checklists and indices Model policies and policy databases Root cause analysis Advocacy planning and stakeholder analysis What Works for Health from County Health Rankings  Wednesday, […]

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Health Impact Assessment Intern

INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITY – Illinois Public Health Institute
Health Impact Assessment Intern
The Illinois Public Health Institute is looking for a talented Masters student to assist with a Health Impact Assessment (HIA). Candidate should be a master’s student or recent graduate in public health, public policy, planning, resource management, environmental sciences or other field with strong analytical methods.

1) Description of the project/placement/practicum
IPHI and the Chicago Department of Public Health will be starting a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) with a broad group of stakeholders. The HIA will focus on planning and implementation of greenspace and urban agriculture. (More details will be available to candidates during the interview process.) HIA is a process for analyzing the potential positive and negative health impacts of a proposed policy. HIA involves engagement of diverse stakeholders and community members throughout the process. The HIA findings are used to inform the policy decision-making process and provide recommendations to mitigate health risks and maximize health benefits, particularly for those who have a potential to be most impacted.
For this HIA, potential health impacts that will be considered during scoping include: community safety; nutrition and physical activity; obesity and chronic disease; jobs, income, and economic development; social cohesion; mental health; and youth development. This intern will work alongside IPHI staff and gain hands-on experience with Health Impact Assessment.

2) Description of IPHI
The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) is a partnership of public, private and voluntary organizations that seeks to maximize health, wellness and quality of life for the people of Illinois. IPHI administers a number of partnership-driven projects addressing specific program areas, including the Center for Community Capacity Development (CCCD), the Center for Health and Information Technology (CHIT), and the Center for Policy and Partnership Initiatives (CPPI).

3) Desirable skills and qualifications
This is an exciting, hands-on learning and training opportunity to be part of the emerging field of HIA. Desirable skills and qualifications include:

  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Understanding and applying literature from across disciplines including: public health, epidemiology, social policy, environmental management, planning, economics, etc.
  • Conducting creative research
  • Data analysis (qualitative and/or quantitative), policy analysis, GIS mapping, methods for predicting impacts
  • Participatory research
  •  Experience with community and stakeholder engagement in planning and policymaking
  • Knowledge about social determinants of health and health inequities
  • Ability to work both independently and as part of a team

4) Location of the internship
The intern will have a designated space, with a desk and a computer at Illinois Public Health Institute, 954 West Washington, 4th Floor, Chicago, IL 60607.

5) Duration of the Internship
This is an unpaid position. The selected candidate will be expected to work at least 15 hours per week. The work hours will be somewhat flexible to accommodate the intern’s academic schedule and planned time off, if requested in advance. IPHI will be happy to work with the student’s institution to support course credit or practicum requirements.

6) How to apply

No phone calls, please. To apply, send the following three items
• a personalized cover letter referencing the candidate’s relevant experience and training and how they fit the internship opportunity
• a resume or curriculum vitae
• one writing sample, no longer than five pages
to internships@iphionline.org. Applications without all three requirements will not be considered.

 

 

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Building a Healthier Community through Policy: Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and other tools for health in all policies!

Registration for this training is now closed.

For more information on Health in All Policies trainings, contact Jessica.Lynch@iphionline.org.

The Illinois Public Health Institute (IPHI) and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) are offering this training to introduce tools, approaches, and strategies for implementing health in all policies.  The training will include presentations and interactive exercises on topics such as:

  • Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
  • Healthy communities checklists and indices
  • Healthy development measurement tool
  • Model policies and policy databases
  • Advocacy planning and stakeholder analysis
  • What Works for Health from County Health Rankings

Training in Chicago

Date: Monday, March 2, 2015
Time: 9am-4:30pm (Registration begins at 8:30am)
Location: Adler University
17 N. Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL 60602
 
 

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Health Impact Assessment

IPHI is part of a cohort of demonstration grantees conducting Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) across the country. HIA is a rapidly growing field in the United States, built on an understanding that the projects and policies that shape our physical and social environments have a profound impact on health. HIA is “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.” (National Research Council, 2011) The goal of HIA is to assess both positive and negative health impacts of a proposed project, plan, or policy, and ensure that both health and equity are explicitly considered in decision-making. Stakeholder participation is a key tenet of HIA. Through stakeholder participation, the HIA process helps to build cross-sectoral partnerships and provides meaningful opportunities for democratic participation in policy decision-making. The HIA findings can be used to inform the policy decision-making process and provide a set of recommendations to mitigate health risks and maximize health benefits.

For more information about IPHI’s work on Health Impact Assessment, contact Jess Lynch at Jessica.Lynch@iphionline.org or (312)850-4744.

 

Acknowledgement of Support

Thank you to the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, for their support of IPHI’s work on HIA. Thank you also to Human Impact Partners and Adler School of Social Psychology for making this training possible.

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Health Impact Assessment of Sugar Sweetened Beverages

IPHI is currently working on a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) exploring the potential  positive and negative health impacts of a proposed policy to make sugar sweetened beveragesineligible for purchase under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps). This assessment is being funded by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the […]

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