The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, encourages state, local, and national level organizations to include health considerations in policy decisions across multiple sectors, such as housing, transportation, and education. Research shows that the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play influence their health, so the project also works to create cross-sector partnerships that include the expertise of health care and public health systems.
Health impact assessments (HIAs) are one systematic and practical way to bring evidence to decisions. Through grants, technical assistance, training, and convenings, the project helps organizations and policymakers identify health-promoting policies, practices, and research for integration into their work. By engaging community stakeholders and translating research into action, the project seeks to make health a valued consideration in decision-making and improve the well-being of underserved places and populations.