Online Program

Promoting Health in All Policies: Institutionalizing Health Impact Assessment at State and Local Levels

Wednesday, November 4, 2015 : 12:50 p.m. - 1:10 p.m.

Kate Hoppe, MPH, MA, Bureau of Health Promotion, Kansas Department of Health and Environment, Topeka, KS
Sarah Hartsig, MS, Kansas Health Institute, Topeka, KS
Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a tool used to inform decision-makers on the potential positive and negative impacts of a policy that is under consideration. HIA aims to protect and promote health and to reduce inequities in health during a decision-making process.

Since 2012, the Kansas Health Institute (KHI) has worked to build capacity and demand for HIA at the state and local levels, while contributing to the field nationally. In 2015, after a training by KHI, a Kansas Department of Health and Environment (KDHE) staff member/MPH student initiated a capstone project conducting an HIA of a bike share program to both inform decisions around the program and to assess the applicability of HIA for KDHE grantees working on community health policies and programs locally and regionally. KHI was engaged by the student to serve on the capstone committee and provide technical assistance.

This presentation will give the audience an opportunity to hear how the implementation of HIA differs when conducted at the state or local level, as well as strategies for fostering the systematic integration of HIA into state and local decision-making. Finally, this presentation will share some recent success in developing a monitoring and evaluation plan for a partner willing to implement it beyond the HIA’s conclusion.

Learning Areas:

Other professions or practice related to public health
Program planning
Public health or related laws, regulations, standards, or guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Systems thinking models (conceptual and theoretical models), applications related to public health

Learning Objectives:
Explain how the implementation of a Health Impact Assessment differs at state and local levels. Identify strategies for the systematic integration of Health Impact Assessment into state and local decisions to promote population health. Describe strategies for conducting a Health Impact Assessment with limited time and resources. Discuss how to advance the field of HIA by identifying a willing partner and crafting an actionable monitoring and evaluation plan for partner implementation once the HIA has concluded.

Keyword(s): Policy/Policy Development, Community Health Planning

Presenting author's disclosure statement:

Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have worked in public health for four years, including nearly one year at the state level working on federally funded grants that focus on impacting physical activity, nutrition and chronic disease through policy, systems and environmental changes in community and worksite settings. I am nearing completion of a Health Impact Assessment with partners and stakeholders across diverse sectors and assessing how the practice may be integrated at the state and local level.
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.