What is health impact assessment?

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) has been described: ‘as any combination of procedures or methods by which a proposed policy or program may be judged as to the effects it may have on the health of a population'

This method is becoming more popular with local government as a way to predict the impact of local policies on the health of communities.

Useful links: where to find out more

HIA Gateway

The HIA Gateway is managed by West Midlands Public Health Observatory on behalf of the Association of Public Health Observatories. This site provides a good introduction to HIA as well as links to reports, guides and evidence.

NHS Scotland - Health Impact Assessment in Practice Virtual Learning Course

NHS Scotland has developed an online Health Impact Assessment in Practice Virtual Learning Course which is open to all and gives examples of approaches to HIA.

World Health Organisation - Health Impact Assessment

The World Health Organisation Health Impact Assessment site provides good background information, information on tools and methods, and examples of HIA.

IMPACT - International Health Impact Assessment Consortium

IMPACT- International Health Impact Assessment Consortium is based in the Division of Public Health, a World Health Organisation Collaborating Centre at the University of Liverpool. The unit, which is self-financing, was established in 2000.

IMPACT aims to improve health and reduce health inequalities locally, nationally and internationally, through Health Impact Assessment (HIA). More specifically, we seek to promote the integration of HIAs into policy planning.

Welsh Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) website

Included in this site is information on health impact assessment (HIA) in Wales, news and recent developments. This website aims to provide a resource to those currently practicing HIA and those who are new to it and looking for information.

There are details of completed HIAs in Wales since 1997 and other HIA activities from the unit plus links to other useful resources.

Welsh Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU)

Contact

Hannah Deacon
email: Hannah.deacon@idea.gov.uk.

22 January 2012

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