175603 Utilizing the Health Impact Assessment in State Policy Making

Tuesday, October 28, 2008: 4:30 PM

Doug Farquhar, JD , Environmental Health, National Conference of State Legislatures; University of Denver, Denver, CO
Health Impact Assessment are an emerging concept within the environmental public health community. As governments use the environmental impact assessment to determine the impacts a decision will have on the environment, the health impact assessment performs the same service, only for the public's health.

Unlike with the environmental impact assessment, which is mandated by Congress in order to secure federal funds, the Health Impact Assessment has no mandatory requirements by Federal Government. States, however, have begun to insert this concept into their public projects and policies, to gain a sense of the impact any action will have on the public health infrastructure.

This session will look at state attempts, in Washington, in Colorado, in Florida, to use this approach in devising public policy.

Learning Objectives:
Identify opportunities for states to use the health impact assessment in policy Describe how the health impact assessment will impact public health policy and the built environment Analyze the types of policy that will aid the public health infrastructure most

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I serve state legislators on this subject area nationally
Any relevant financial relationships? No

I agree to comply with the American Public Health Association Conflict of Interest and Commercial Support Guidelines, and to disclose to the participants any off-label or experimental uses of a commercial product or service discussed in my presentation.