South Downtown Tacoma Subarea Plan Health Impact Assessment

Tacoma, Washington
University of Washington graduate students

A graduate class at the University of Washington conducted an HIA on the city of Tacoma’s South Downtown Subarea Plan. Students used academic and publicly available literature, existing HIAs, field visits, and informant interviews to assess health outcomes related to mobility, economic security, food access, mental health and social capital, affordable and healthy housing, and environmental health. Recommendations included promoting safe physical activity for pedestrians and bicyclists, identifying efforts to achieve economic development goals, providing access to healthy foods, fostering community and social interactions, modifying affordable housing guidelines, and mitigating contaminant exposure. City planners agreed to review the findings and consider the recommendations.

More Information
Contact email:

HIA in the United States

Search our Interactive Map

Sort and analyze data on HIA’s and understand their impact on supporting healthier communities in all regions of the country.

View the Map

At A Glance

Completion Date
2013, June
Built Environment
Organization Type
Educational Institution
10 weeks