Massachusetts Small Business Technical Assistance Program

Location
Massachusetts
Organization(s)
Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies

The Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies, together with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council, will conduct an HIA to inform state decisions on funding for the Small Business Technical Assistance Program, an initiative that incubates and supports small businesses in underserved Massachusetts communities. The HIA will explore links between the income-generating effects of supporting small business and mental health, overall health, and the ability of small business employees to afford housing, food, and medications.

The HIA is part of a program grant from the Health Impact Project. As part of the larger program grant, the center will work to standardize the use of HIA by building demand and basic capacity among community-based organizations, developing assessment methodologies for several sectors and health outcomes, creating a full Harvard University course on HIA, and offering in-depth training for students and community-based organizations in classroom, practice, and online forums. Through the course, students will work with the HIA team to complete smaller, rapid assessments of policies related to criminal justice reform and immigration. These coursework projects will serve as the foundation for educating students and partners. Under the program grant, the team will work with community health workers to increase community knowledge and understanding of Health in All Policies approaches, including HIA. This effort will help build capacity among health workers and the populations they serve to demand and engage with HIAs.

More Information
HIA Website:
http://www.mapc.org/sbtahia
Organization Website:
http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/population-development/
Contact Email:

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At A Glance

Status
In Progress
Completion Date
Expected July 2015
Decision-Level
State
Sector
Economic Policy
Organization Type
Educational Institution