264737 Creating a Sustainable Model for Healthy Community Design: Wisconsin's Health Impact Assessment Initiative

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Marjory Givens, PhD, MSPH , Department of Population Health Sciences, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
Paula Inzeo, MPH , WI Division of Public Health, Wisconsin Population Health Institute, Madison, WI
Jennifer Carter Boyce, MPH , Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Madison, WI
Emelia M. Wollenburg, MPH , Bureau of Enviornmental and Occupational Health, Wisconsin Division of Public Health, Madison, WI
Michale Shaw, MPH , Bureau of Environmental and Occupational Health, Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Madison, WI
Raisa Koltun, PharmD, MPH , City of Milwaukee Health Department, Wisconsin Center for Health Equity, Milwaukee, WI
Elizabeth Feder, PhD , Population Health Institute, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI
The awareness of and demand for Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is increasing in Wisconsin, yet this positive development has posed difficult questions regarding capacity, resources and sustainability for responding to community requests. Further, recent developments in the politico-administrative environment in Wisconsin have necessitated a reappraisal of roles across sectors. In 2009, Wisconsin's HIA capacity-building initiative formally began in the Division of Public Health as one of four state agencies awarded funding by ASTHO to build capacity among state and local partners to implement HIAs by providing training, technical assistance, partner outreach and offering mini grants to local health departments (LHD). Since inception of Wisconsin's HIA initiative at the state, collaborative efforts have expanded into the academic and non-profit sectors, fortifying partnerships with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute and Global Health Institute, the Wisconsin Public Health Association, and the Wisconsin Center for Health Equity. Wisconsin's HIA initiative has recently begun to implement HIAs with community partners on topics ranging from integration of health into regional planning decisions (e.g. Future Urban Development Areas) to social policies (e.g. Transitional Jobs Programs). This session provides an opportunity for emerging and established HIA practitioners to share their experiences and lessons learned in the HIA capacity-building process and initial implementation efforts. Dialogue will be encouraged on questions regarding roles, available resources, opportunities to leverage existing capacity, and strategies to build and sustain new capacity for HIA.

Learning Areas:
Advocacy for health and health education
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Other professions or practice related to public health
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to describe the practical challenges of building and sustaining HIA capacity based on experiences in Wisconsin. Participants will have the opportunity to share experiences with HIA capacity-building and implementation. Participants will brainstorm strategies for HIA sustainability.

Keywords: Community Health Planning, Community Collaboration

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have led initiatives to build capacity for HIA for over 3 years as the head of the WI DHS HIA program and have been instrumental in the efforts to integrate health into decision-making in non-traditional health sectors.
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.