Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is "A combination of procedures, methods and tools by which a policy, programme 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).
The major steps in conducting an HIA include:
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 the Practice Standards for HIA.
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