Data Visualization

The Relationship Between Community Development and Health

Community Development Decisions

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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  • Six Projects Use Data to Improve Health Equity

    The Health Impact Project launched an 18-month initiative in February 2016 that funded six projects aimed at addressing pressing health concerns in Southern and Appalachian states. Grantees targeted housing, education, neighborhood planning, and other sectors that are linked to disparities in health. Read More

  • Case Study: Massachusetts

    The Massachusetts Department of Transportation established a Healthy Transportation Compact, which requires HIAs to assess the effect of transportation projects on public health and vulnerable populations. Read More

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    Conducting health impact assessments (HIAs) can help build collaboration across different organizations within the same community in order to improve public health. For example, community developers are responsible for improving the physical infrastructure of neighborhoods and administering programs and services for residents, while public health practitioners research, identify, and advocate for... Read More

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