226520 Incorporating health impact assessment into the I-710 freeway expansion decision-making process

Tuesday, November 9, 2010 : 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM

Angelo Logan , East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Commerce, CA
Andrea Hricko, MPH , Community Outreach and Education Program, Southern California Environmental Health Sciences Center, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA
Jocelyn Vivar, MPH , East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice, Commerce, CA
Elina Nasser, MPH , Center for Occupational and Environmental Health, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA
Paul Simon, MD, MPH , County of Los Angeles, Department of Public Health, Division of Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention, Los Angeles, CA
Interstate 710 is a vital transportation artery linking the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles to Southern California and beyond. Population growth, consumer demand for imports, traffic, and aging infrastructure contribute to significant congestion and safety concerns on I-710. To decrease congestion and improve safety, an expansion of the freeway has been proposed. I-710 passes through many low-income and minority communities, close to homes, schools, day care, senior centers, and hospitals. As a result, local communities are concerned about impacts from the proposed expansion project (e.g., pollution, pedestrian safety, noise, economic development, and access to goods and services) that could exacerbate existing health disparities. To address these concerns, a coalition of community groups, public agencies, and universities have been working collaboratively to promote the use of health impact assessment (HIA) to bring health to the forefront of this major transportation project by undergoing a HIA training, scoping potential health issues to include in a HIA, and understanding and sharing information on the value of HIA in the context of existing environmental analyses. The collaborative effort resulted in an unprecedented recommendation by the I-710 Project Committee to fund a HIA. This session will discuss how partners learned and applied HIA tools to effectively promote health in decision-making. Presenters will discuss lessons learned, such as the importance of community involvement, collaboration among diverse stakeholders, and support from key decision-makers and how to use a health perspective to influence public processes.

Learning Areas:
Environmental health sciences
Public health or related public policy

Learning Objectives:
1. Describe how HIA methods were used to facilitate collaboration among a diverse group of stakeholders. 2. Explain how stakeholders identified health impacts of concern that could be analyzed using HIA. 3. Discuss the process that was used to communicate to decision-makers about the need for a comprehensive analysis of health impacts of the proposed I-710 freeway project.

Keywords: Health Disparities, Environmental Health Hazards

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: After participating in an HIA Training in 2008, my organization East Yard Communities for Environmental Justice has been very involved with efforts to promote HIA in the I-710 project
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.