Health impact assessment of siting public housing units following a natural disaster
Methods Using commonly accepted HIA methodology, the assessment team, with support from a community advisory steering committee and a team of expert consultants, completed a screening and scoping process, assessed current conditions, and developed a series of recommendations to aid in the selection of possible sites to develop scattered site public housing. The methods included examining available secondary data, analyzing data using geographic information systems (GIS), conducting key informant interviews, holding a series of focus groups with current public housing residents, and piloting a parcel-level assessment process.
Results and Discussion The results of this HIA yielded two primary outcomes. First, a set of recommendations was created that will aid in 1) identifying areas to begin acquiring parcels for scattered site housing and 2) mitigating potential negative health impacts. Second, a scoring system was developed that allowed for the modeling of possible impacts of individual or combined mitigation strategies. The processes and outcomes that will be shared from this HIA can be utilized in other geographic settings and in other settings.
Learning Areas:Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related public policy
List the stages of conducting a health impact assessment Discuss the role of health impact assessments in decision making around housing issues Describe the utility of this health impact assessment on supporting the decision making process of siting scattered-site public housing units.
Keyword(s): Public Housing, Community Health Assessment
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I served as the program manager for the conduct of this health impact assessment in Galveston. I was involved in all aspects of this project, and am one of the content experts used on this project.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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