State Education Integration Task Force Recommendations Rapid HIA

Location
St. Paul, Minnesota
Organization(s)
Human Impact Partners

This HIA looked at the impact of the Minnesota legislature’s decisions regarding the adoption of recommendations from a state education task force on addressing school integration and improving education outcomes for students of color. The purpose of the recommendations is to close the achievement gap among students, which means improving educational outcomes such as graduation rates of students of color. School integration and equity in education generally influence health in a number of ways. Health outcomes associated with education include mortality rate, longevity, health behaviors (such as exercising, smoking, maintaining healthy weight, obtaining timely check-ups and screenings), birth outcomes, and mental and overall health.

The HIA will inform each step of the legislative discussion, including House and Senate committee debates; if applicable, the full-body votes; and the governor’s signature of the bill, expected in May 2013. The HIA will help ensure that the connections between school integration, racial disparities in educational achievement, cross-race understanding, and health outcomes are factored into the legislature’s decisions. Human Impact Partners will work closely with ISAIAH, a Minnesota faith-based organization with considerable HIA experience, to engage key stakeholders throughout the project. With support from the Minnesota Department of Health’s commissioner, and by working with ISAIAH, Human Impact Partners will examine how implementing the task force’s recommendations to improve test scores, graduation rates, and college attendance as well as cross-race understanding will affect issues such as lifespan, chronic disease rates, and mental health.

Supported by the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

To whom it may concern:


I write today to express my support for ISAIAH's health impact assessment. ISAIAH's work and recommendations on the Integration Taskforce help me as a legislator and author of H.F. 247. As a legislator I constantly work to create holistic public policy frameworks when approaching difficult policy decisions. Creating a holistic public policy framework calls for legislators to draw on different policy subject areas with the goal of producing an overall healthier and stronger society. In that spirit, I enthusiastically embrace the approach offered by ISAIAH's health impact assessment that because it ties together policy objectives and knowledge from different areas of public life.

Sincerely,
Representative Carlos Mariani
Chairman of the Education Policy Committee  

 

Outcome

The Chairman of the Educational Policy Committee wrote a letter saying, "Creating a holistic public policy framework calls for legislators to draw on different policy subject areas with the goal of producing an overall healthier and stronger society. In that spirit, I enthusiastically embrace the approach offered by ISAIAH's health impact assessment that because it ties together policy objectives and knowledge from different areas of public life."

At a Glance

Status
Complete
Completion Date
2013, April
Decision-Level
State
Sector
Education
Organization type
Non-profit Organization