Health Impact Project



The Health Impact Project is a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. We work with many organizations to support the field of health impact assessment (HIA) in the United States, including:

Technical assistance providers

  • Ben Cave Associate
  • Georgia Health Policy Center
  • Habitat Health Impact Consulting
  • Human Impact Partners
  • Jerry Spegman
  • Oregon Public Health Institute

    Other collaborating organizations

    • Arizona State University
    • Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
    • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
    • National Association of County and City Health Officials
    • National Conference of State Legislatures
    • National Network of Public Health Institutes

    Technical assistance providers

    Ben Cave Associates

    Ben Cave Associates is the leading UK consultancy working on public health, sustainability, and planning. Specializing in addressing health in public policy and in conducting health and social impact assessments, the mission is to strengthen the democratic process of policymaking and to help facilitate the best possible outcomes for the people with whom they work. Ben Cave has completed almost 50 HIAs for public- and private-sector clients since its inception in 2001. The consultancy is currently providing technical assistance to the University of Michigan demonstration project grantee.

    Project Contact: Ben Cave, [email protected]

    Georgia Health Policy Center

    The Georgia Health Policy Center, or GHPC, housed within Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, was named an HIA training center by The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, through a cooperative agreement with the National Network of Public Health Institutes, or NNPHI. The center and the Oregon Public Health Institute have been working in partnership with NNPHI to increase HIA capacity at the nation’s public health institutes, or PHIs, through training, technical assistance, and a new initiative to help two selected PHIs develop training capacity. The HIA team at GHPC has collectively trained more than 750 future HIA practitioners across the United States. GHPC also conducts HIAs and was a past Health Impact Project grantee on a collaborative HIA with the Center to Eliminate Health Disparities at the University of Texas Medical Branch. GHPC is also a current Health Impact Project grantee with an HIA on community development and an HIA on the 2015 Qualified Allocation Plan for Low Income Housing Tax Credits. This HIA is one of three funded by the Health Impact Project to incorporate health in community development-related decisions. An evaluation led by GHPC will determine what aspects of the HIA processes and findings were useful, what was redundant or peripheral to the developers’ needs, and how the process could be streamlined to make it easier and more efficient for community developers to integrate health considerations into their work. At the end of the project, the HIA teams will synthesize the findings from the evaluation of these pilots into a healthy community development tool kit to streamline the inclusion of health in future community development planning.

    Project Contacts: Jimmy Dills, [email protected]; Beth Fuller, [email protected]; Michelle Rushing,[email protected]

    Habitat Health Impact Consulting

    Habitat Health Impact Consulting works with companies and governments to assess the health of communities, the factors that influence it, and how social, economic, or physical change might affect community health. Its broad research experience in community health has enabled it to offer strategies to accentuate health and mitigate harm. Habitat has particular expertise in energy and natural resource development and provides technical assistance to the National Indian Justice Center, and, previously, the Sequoia Foundation and University of Washington.

    Project Contact: Ame-Lia Tamburrini, [email protected]; Marla Orenstein,[email protected]

    Human Impact Partners

    Human Impact Partners believes that health and equity should be considered in all decision-making. They have conducted HIAs on the local, state, and federal levels—with experience in communities across the country. Through training and mentorship, Human Impact Partners builds the capacity of affected communities and their advocates, workers, public agencies, and elected officials to conduct HIAs and use the results to take action. It has trained state and local government agencies and community-based organizations to conduct HIAs in their communities. Currently, Human Impact Partners provides technical assistance to several Health Impact Project assessments, including four Minnesota HIAs funded in 2013.

    Project Contacts: Holly Avey, [email protected]; Kim Gilhuly, [email protected]; Celia Harris, [email protected]; Jonathan Heller, [email protected]; Casey Tsui,[email protected]; Jen Lucky, [email protected], Marnie Purciel,[email protected].

    Jerry Spegman Consulting

    Jerry Spegman served on the Health Impact Project advisory selection committee for the 2009 and 2010 call for proposals. He has worked as a lawyer, policy advocate, and program manager, among other roles, with organizations and coalitions in more than 20 states. In addition to his work with nonprofits on strategic planning, grant management, and coalition building, several state agencies have contracted with him for a range of consulting services, primarily involving dispute resolution. He currently serves as the facilitator for the program grantee learning community, designed to generate and share ideas for successful strategies for institutionalizing HIA among the grantees.

    Project Contact: Jerry Spegman, [email protected]

    Oregon Public Health Institute

    The Oregon Public Health Institute, or OPHI, improves the health of Oregonians through advocacy and support of effective public health policy and systems change. It is a nonprofit organization that leads Oregon’s movement for a sustainable and equitable public health agenda. The institute is guided by an abiding belief in the long-term value of preventive health care for everyone and actively partners with others to achieve that vision. Much of its work focuses on serving as an independent catalyst, organizing local and state public health agencies, private entities, and community-based organizations; identifying and seizing opportunities for public policy and systems change; advocating to prevent and resolve health problems and to address unmet community health needs; providing technical assistance and training on health in all policy best practices and other innovative approaches, particularly health impact assessment; and acknowledging the accomplishments of current and emerging public health leaders. OPHI has provided technical assistance to several grantees, including Hennepin County (Minnesota) and University of Rochester in New York.

    Project Contact: Noelle Dobson, [email protected]; Karli Thorstenson, [email protected]; Steve White, [email protected]


    Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO)

    ASTHO is the national nonprofit organization representing public health agencies in the United States, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia, and more than 100,000 public health professionals employed by these agencies. ASTHO members, the chief health officials of these jurisdictions, formulate and influence sound public health policy and ensure excellence in state-based public health practice. ASTHO’s primary function is to track, evaluate, and advise members on the formation and impact effect of public or private health policy that may affect them and to provide guidance and technical assistance on improving the nation’s health. HIA grants were awarded as part of a pilot program through the National Center for Environmental Health and CDC to build capacity among state, territorial, and local partners to consider the effects of the built environment on health and to implement HIAs.

    Project Contacts: Kerry Wyss, [email protected]

    Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    For more than 60 years, CDC has collaborated to create the expertise, information, and tools that people and communities need to protect their health—through health promotion; prevention of disease, injury and disability; and preparedness for new health threats. CDC’s Healthy Community Design Initiative is part of the National Center for Environmental Health’s Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services. The initiative works to improve public health by linking public health surveillance with community design decisions; improving these through tools such as HIA; educating policymakers on the health impact of community design; building partnerships; conducting research to identify the links between health and community design; and translating research into best practices. Health Impact Project and CDC have partnered to support the first and second National HIA Meetings.

    Project Contacts: Joseph Ralph, [email protected]; Arthur Wendel, [email protected]

    National Association of County and City Health Officials

    Members of the National Association of County and City Health Officials, or NACCHO, represent more than 2,800 local health departments across the United States. The association’s vision is health, equity, and well-being for all people in their communities through public health policies and services. Its mission is to be a leader, partner, catalyst, and voice for local health departments in order to ensure the conditions that promote health and equity, combat disease, and improve the quality and length of all lives.

    With support from the Health Impact Project, NACCHO selected four local health departments new to HIAs to participate in the NACCHO HIA Mentorship Project. The project matched the health departments with experienced agencies to advance the use of HIA by providing peer-to peer assistance, training and support.

    Project Contacts: Jessica Solomon Fisher, [email protected]

    NACCHO Mentors: Jimmy Dills, [email protected]; Lauren Gase, [email protected]; Andrea Hamberg, [email protected]; Brendon Haggerty, [email protected]; Katherine Hebert, [email protected].

    National Network of Public Health Institutes

    The National Network of Public Health Institutes, or NNPHI, engages its members and partners at the local, state, and national levels in efforts to address critical health issues. Dedicated to the vision of improving public health through innovation, NNPHI is the national membership network committed to helping public health institutes promote and sustain improved health and wellness for all. NNPHI has a growing portfolio of projects, in collaboration with Health Impact Project and CDC, related to increasing the capacity to conduct HIAs through the nationwide public health institute network. Recently, NNPHI and the Health Impact Project awarded grants to Kansas Health Institute and Health Resources in Action in Massachusetts, both NNPHI members. The grants support completion of an HIA, training, technical assistance, and travel to the National HIA Meeting. Health Impact Project and NNPHI have worked closely to support planning efforts for the first and second National HIA Meetings.

    Project Contacts: Erin Marziale, [email protected].