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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The Health Impact Project will launch a two-year pilot project in January 2018 to help lawmakers learn the potential health implications of proposed legislation and policies. The project will work with participating states and localities to create health notes: brief, nonpartisan summaries that will draw from the best available peer- reviewed research, scientific data, and public health... Read More
Only about 5 percent of health impact assessments in the United States have examined federal policies, partly due to challenges in studying national programs. The Kids’ Safe and Healthful Foods Project, a collaboration between the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, broke ground with a report it released last month that analyzed the effects of proposed nutrition... Read More
Appalachia is defined by a rich cultural heritage and a mountainous landscape crisscrossed by thousands of rivers and streams, resources that can be harnessed to develop sectors such as tourism and recreation. However, the region is still beset by economic strains that affect the health of its people. A study published in the journal Health Affairs in August shows that life expectancy in... Read More
How the HIA process can align sectors in pursuit of shared goals