The Relationship Between Community Development and Health
Health impact assessment can be a useful tool to address a range of health-related areas in the community development sector, including economic development, infrastructure, community organizing, and access to resources. This figure illustrates the connections among these factors and health.
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States spend billions of dollars annually on health care costs, and policymakers increasingly recognize that decisions made in sectors such as transportation, energy, and housing affect those expenditures. To ensure that health is considered in decision-making, leaders in several states have taken up bills to require that local officials, planners, and others evaluate potential health effects... Read More
The start of April marks National Public Health Week, an annual effort to raise awareness about the critical public health matters facing Americans. While such recognition is important, the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is working to make public health considerations a part of everyday decision-making for government... Read More
In August 2017, the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, released “10 Policies to Prevent and Respond to Childhood Lead Exposure,” a comprehensive report examining childhood exposure to lead and proposed strategies for addressing it. The project team included Mary Jean Brown, Sc.D., adjunct assistant professor of... Read More
How the HIA process can align sectors in pursuit of shared goals