Online Program

Using Health Impact Assessments to Influence Decision-Making: Lessons Learned from Providing Technical Assistance for Projects in Different States, Sectors, and Settings

Monday, November 2, 2015

James E. Dills, MUP, MPH, Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Michelle Rushing, MPH, Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University, Georgia Health Policy Center, Atlanta, GA
Elizabeth Fuller, DrPH, Georgia Health Policy Center, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is process with proven success in advancing a Health in All Policies (HiAP) perspective of decision-making. Because of its adaptable nature, the HIA process is suitable for a variety of project types, in a range of non-health sectors, and at multiple levels of decision-making. There are eight Minimum Elements used to distinguish HIA from other practices and methods for HiAP (Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for Health Impact Assessment, Version 3). Over the last several years, HIA practitioners at the Georgia Health Policy Center have had the opportunity to provide training, mentoring, and technical assistance (TMTA) to a variety of emerging practitioners from across the US. This presentation will use the eight Minimum Elements of HIA to frame lessons learned from eight different projects for which GHPC has provided TMTA. The HIA projects were led by the Kitsap County Public Health District in Washington State, the Prince Georges County Health Department in Maryland, the New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative, the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, Community Solutions (a non-profit working in Hartford, Connecticut), Health Resources in Action (a Public Health Institute based in Massachusetts), the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute, and the Georgia Department of Public Health. The focus of the HIAs ranged from state-level labor policies to neighborhood-level sustainability planning, and each of these projects will be used to illustrate a different Minimum Element of HIA.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Public health or related education
Public health or related public policy
Social and behavioral sciences

Learning Objectives:
Explain the Minimum Elements of HIA and how they can be achieved in practice Compare emerging HIA activities in different settings across the US Discuss the role of TMTA providers in advancing HIA practice

Keyword(s): Built Environment, Decision-Making

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have been involved in the HIA field for the last 7+ years and have presented on the topic widely.
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.