Online Program

Promoting equity through the practice of health impact assessment I

Wednesday, November 6, 2013 : 8:30 a.m. - 8:50 a.m.

Victor Rubin, PhD, PolicyLink, Oakland, CA
Jonathan Heller, PhD, Human Impact Partners, Oakland, CA
Ngozi T. Oleru, PhD, Environmental Public Health Division, Public Health - Seattle & King County, Seattle, WA
Addressing health inequities requires a more fair and just distribution of the social, economic, environmental, and political opportunities that yield good health outcomes. This requires ensuring that vulnerable populations play active and leading roles in public decision making that impacts their lives, as well as targeting resources to those communities that have the poorest health outcomes. While many health practitioners and advocates seek to achieve health equity, the tools they have at their disposal to do so are limited. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is an important tool for health equity. It helps communities, public officials, advocates and researchers to understand the health implications of proposed policies, plans, or projects. Equity is a core value of HIA and practitioners can use HIA to advance equity in decision–making processes. Yet, as HIA becomes more commonly used, there is a risk that the focus on equity will diminish without explicit attention, care, and guidance regarding its role in HIA practice. This presentation will be part of a panel of three other speakers focused on sharing nine principles for the inclusion of equity in HIA and specific strategies for implementing each principle. Each speaker will focus on three different principles and share how the principle was implemented in a specific case study. This presentation will share case studies from HIAs in the Twin Cities on equitable transit-oriented development and regional sustainability planning in rural California. The other presentations will focus on separate principles and hone in on case studies in several regions.

Learning Areas:

Advocacy for health and health education
Assessment of individual and community needs for health education
Diversity and culture
Environmental health sciences
Planning of health education strategies, interventions, and programs

Learning Objectives:
Identify two to three principles for promoting equity through the practice of health impact assessments. Describe at least two strategies for implementing each principle. Describe the imperative for the inclusion of equity within the practice of health impact assessments.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: Victor Rubin is Vice President for Research at PolicyLink, a national nonprofit institute dedicated to advancing social and economic equity. He has been an urban planning researcher, consultant and teacher for 30 years. He has written extensively on community factors that shape health outcomes, and has advised local and regional governments on integrating health into planning processes. He was formerly Adjunct Associate Professor of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.
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.