Online Program

Private, Public and Inter-Departmental Partnership Approaches to Health Impact Assessment

Monday, November 4, 2013 : 2:30 p.m. - 2:50 p.m.

Ben Wood, MPH, Division of Prevention and Wellness, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA
Health Impact Assessment can successfully be done by governmental and non-governmental organizations. However, partnerships between the two can provide opportunity to address limitations for both. These partnerships also pose potential challenges. Likewise inter-departmental partnerships in state public health departments provide rich opportunity to maximize expertise and build relationships while posing their own unique challenges. 6 HIAs were completed in 2012 and 2013 in partnership between the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and several community partners including private and municipal level organizations. During the same time period the Bureau's of Environmental Health and Community Health and Prevention began building processes to better collaborate with HIA related activity. The presentation will include brief descriptions of the 6 HIAs with a focus on the partnership aspect of each project and a description of how MDPH's Bureau's of Environmental Health and Community Health and Prevention are furthering the department's HIA activities collaboratively.

Learning Areas:

Chronic disease management and prevention
Public health or related public policy
Public health or related research

Learning Objectives:
Demonstrate ways for governmental and non-governmental organizations to partner on HIA. Discuss reasons to pursue inter-departmental partnerships for HIA. Describe examples of HIA conducted in partnership between governmental and non-governmental organizations.

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been working as a public health professional for more than 10 years in various fields. I have presented at several sate and national conferences on related topics. I manage a statewide program focused on Health Impact Assessment and was elected to the first Steering Committee for the Society of Practitioners or 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.