273138 Use of Health Impact Assessments in the Prevention of War

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 : 3:15 PM - 3:30 PM

Sarah Wylie, MPH , Division of Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, Vermont Department of Health, Burlington, VT
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a systematic process 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. HIA uses six steps and a set of five guiding principles – democracy, equity, ethical use of evidence, sustainable development, and a comprehensive view of health – to assess possible health effects and ways to monitor and manage those effects. Policy HIA is a growing field with the potential to illuminate the myriad health effects of a specific policy decision, including the costs of anticipated or imminent plans for war. t prepared by the British group, Medact, which predicted the costs of the impending 2003 invasion of Iraq to both lives and treasury, “Collateral Damage: the health and environmental costs of war on Iraq – 2002.” http://www.medact.org/article_health.php?articleID=620

Learning Objectives:
Employ the use of health impact assessment analysis to identify risks of entering into armed conflict; Identify the elements required for a credible health impact assessment; Describe how MedAct used the HIA to warn of risks of entering into war with Iraq in 2002.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am an HIA practitioner working with the National Center for Healthy Housing and co-author on a proposed APHA policy statement on Health Impact Assessment.
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.