Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is "a combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, program or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population." European Centre for Health Policy, WHO Regional Office for Europe. Gothenburg Consensus Paper (1999). (PDF, 138 KB)
Major steps in conducting an HIA
- Screening: Determines the need and value of a HIA
- Scoping: Determines which health impacts to evaluate, methods for analysis, and a workplan
- Assessment: Involves profiling existing health conditions, measuring potential health impacts and identifying strategies to manage identified adverse health impacts
- Reporting: Includes the development of the HIA report and communication of findings and recommendations
- Monitoring: Quantifies impacts on decision-making processes, the decision, and health determinants
(Source: Human Impact Partners)
For more information, see Practice Standards for HIA (PDF, 1.2 MB).
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