Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Center for Health Equity, Drexel University School of Public Health

The Center for Health Equity at Drexel University School of Public Health conducted a rapid HIA on the potential health impacts of a slot machine casino under construction in a residential area of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The HIA identified five major pathways through which the casino could impact health: employment, traffic congestion, physical activity, problem gambling and public health services. The HIA found that the SugarHouse Casino is likely to have social and economic impacts that are associated with both positive and negative health outcomes for the Philadelphia area. The HIA recommended that a full HIA be conducted for future casino projects in order to provide affected communities and stakeholders with an opportunity to voice concerns and promote health benefits and reduce health costs associated with casino projects.

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