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Project

Health Impact Project

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, encourages local, state, and national 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.

Through technical and financial assistance, training, and convenings, the project helps organizations and governments identify policies, practices, and research that promote health and integrate them into their work. By engaging community stakeholders and translating research into action, the project seeks to make health a key component in decision-making and to improve the well-being of underserved populations.

Mother and daughter riding bicycles in city
Mother and daughter riding bicycles in city
Issue Brief

Community Engagement Can Help With Infrastructure Choices

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Issue Brief

Research shows that the design, construction, and operation of public infrastructure—facilities, systems, and structures owned and operated by taxpayers, typically via the government, that are for public use—can affect people’s health.

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Search Our Toolkit

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Data Visualization

Search Our Toolkit

The Health Impact Project’s toolkit contains resources that help communities, agencies, and other organizations take action to improve public health. The toolkit offers a collection of health impact assessments, guides, and other research to support policymakers’ efforts to consider health when making decisions across sectors, such as housing, planning, and education.

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Report

Do Health Impact Assessments Help Promote Equity Over the Long Term?

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Do Health Impact Assessments Help Promote Equity Over the Long Term?

The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic and the rise of social movements to advance racial justice have highlighted the wide disparities in health outcomes between White people and Americans of color, particularly Black and Indigenous populations. These disproportional outcomes can be linked to inequities in determinants of health that shape health and well-being.

Childhood Lead Prevention and Response

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The Health Impact Project is using a health impact assessment framework to examine the health effects of various childhood lead exposure prevention and mitigation strategies. A key part of this process is considering viewpoints from relevant sectors to ensure that recommendations include their perspectives.

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Factors that Shape Health and Well-Being

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Research shows that the conditions in which people live, learn, work, and play influence their health. Individual health choices and access to quality care represent just part of the equation to ensure all people are as healthy as possible.