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.