Health Impact Project

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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.

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  • Research Underway to Evaluate Health Impact Assessment Process

    Factors such as housing, transportation, and education can all affect people’s health, but decision-makers in these and similar sectors might not know about or act on these connections. A tool known as a health impact assessment (HIA) can help identify the potential health effects of a proposed policy, project, plan, or program, in part, by bringing a wider range of stakeholders into the... Read More

  • Racial Divides Persist in U.S. Health Outcomes

    Data from a variety of sources show that health outcomes for African-Americans often fall short of those for white populations, a persistent reality that can be attributed to multiple factors such as socioeconomics and geography. Read More

  • New Interactive Tools Track Bills and Laws

    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

HIA in the United States

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Tami Holzman

Officer, Communications