Health Impact Assessment

The most urgent health problems facing the country—like obesity, asthma, diabetes, heart disease, and injuries—are shaped by the conditions in the places where we live and work. To address skyrocketing medical costs and improve health, we need to take health into account when making the decisions that shape the those places.

One promising way to do that is through the use of health impact assessment (HIA), a type of study that helps policy makers find—and address—the likely health effects of decisions in other fields, such as building a major roadway, planning a city’s growth or developing agricultural policy. HIAs can assist decision makers in identifying unintended risks, reducing unnecessary costs related to preventable illnesses and disabilities, finding practical solutions, and leveraging spending outside the health sector to improve the community’s well-being.

  • Health Impact Project

    The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a leading national initiative dedicated to promoting and supporting the use of health impact assessment (HIA) in the United States.

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