Health Impact Project

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a national initiative designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) as a decision-making tool for policymakers.

Decision makers at all levels are using the fast-growing field of HIA to take health into account when making decisions in a broad range of sectors, including agriculture, education, energy and budgeting, in all types of locations--rural, suburban, and urban, local, regional or statewide. HIAs use a flexible, data-driven approach that identifies the health consequences of new policies and develops practical strategies to enhance their health benefits and minimize adverse effects.

HIA helps identify and address the health impacts of policies and decisions in non-health sectors, such as building a major roadway, planning a city’s growth, or developing agricultural policy. An HIA includes practical strategies to enhance their health benefits and minimize adverse effects. A strong HIA acknowledges the trade-offs and potential costs and benefits of various options.

Our Work

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  • Recommendations for the Sustainable Fisheries Resolution

    The Pew Charitable Trusts urges Member States of the United Nations to take action on this year's General Assembly resolution on sustainable fisheries to implement effective conservation and management measures worldwide. Read More

  • 2014 HIA of the Americas Workshop

    HIA practitioners from across the Americas will gather this year for the fifth HIA of the Americas workshop, now hosted by SOPHIA, which will be held on September 15 and 16, 2014 in Oakland, California. Read More

  • The HIA Process

    The applications of HIA are broad and the methods used to analyze impacts are variable, but the basic steps described for completing an HIA are consistent. These steps can be accomplished fairly quickly (a “rapid” or “desktop” HIA can be completed in a period of weeks), or they can involve a more comprehensive process that includes public meetings, extensive stakeholder consultation and/or... Read More

HIA in the United States

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Jessica Hallstrom