Building infrastructure to sustain health impact assessment practice in a large health department
Sequoia Foundation received funding from the Health Impact Project to support the work group and its sustained HIA practice. To build HIA expertise within the health department, CDPH and Sequoia Foundation garnered support from high-level management, recruited work group members, assessed skills and needs, and brought in HIA experts to help build capacity. A “learn while doing” approach was adopted. At one of the initial work group meetings, members proposed projects and policies to be considered for HIA. The work group chooses one HIA project at a time and completes the six-step HIA process together, bringing in community partners as needed. The work group has close ties with the California Health in All Policies Task Force. Task Force members are invited to participate in the completion of HIAs and capacity building activities, and review HIA recommendations. Best practices from this work group will be presented.
Learning Areas:Administration, management, leadership
Public health administration or related administration
Public health or related organizational policy, standards, or other guidelines
Public health or related public policy
Design capacity building and sustainability plan to conduct health impact assessments in a large health department Assess skills and readiness of health department staff to conduct health impact assessments
Keyword(s): Public Health Infrastructure, Professional Development
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I am the program manager of a two-year health impact assessment program grant and have worked on multiple health impact assessment projects. I have collaborated with health departments on multiple state and local initiatives, including implementation of health impact assessments.
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.