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).
Webcasts and Training
Webinar 1: Introduction to Health Impact Assessment
The Introduction to Health Impact Assessment (Webcast,help), held May 18, 2010, was intended for public health professionals, community planners, partners, and local leaders involved in health, social and economic decision making. The Introduction to HIA webcast will define Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and provide an overview of the tool's benefit in recognizing the health impacts of decisions about built environments and land use planning. The objectives for the presentation are for participants to gain a better understanding of the purpose of HIA, the steps involved in the framework, review examples of completed and potential HIA projects, and discuss resources available to learn more about HIA.
Webinar 2: HIA Step 1 Screening
HIA Step 1 Screening (Webcast,help), held June 2, 2010, is used to assess a defined project, plan or policy with the purpose to inform decision-makers before they make a decision. The screening process is used to establish the value of HIA, assess feasibility, understand timing, evaluate decision openness, be inclusive, and avoid redundancy. Essential tasks in screening include: define the decision and its alternatives, decide who will be involved, determine if potential partners are ready to work on a HIA, evaluate the project based on screening criteria, make a decision about whether to conduct a HIA, and notify stakeholders of your decision.
(approximately 55 minutes)
Webinar 3: Putting HIA Into Action
Putting HIA Into Action (Webcast,help), held June 23, 2010, provides an overview of the HIA framework and presents Wisconsin-specific tools, resources and HIA opportunities. This presentation includes information about identifying intervention points for HIA and describes two rapid HIA projects taking place in Wisconsin.
(approximately 60 minutes)
Materials from In-Person Trainings in Wisconsin
Materials from Human Impact Partner and DHS HIA March 2010 training in Milwaukee (PDF, 20 MB) - These materials are designed for local public health practitioners and community partners
Materials from Human Impact Partners and DHS January 2010 HIA training in Madison (PDF, 22 MB) - These materials are designed for state agencies
- Case Study 1: Zoning (PDF, 147 KB) - This case study involves proposed changes to the City of Madison's zoning codes.
- Case Study 2: Vehicle Miles Traveled Policy (PDF, 209 KB) - This case study involves a "Fix-It-First" policy on roadways (placing a higher priority on existing infrastructure over adding new lane-miles) and potential impacts on global warming.
American Planning Association (APA), the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) HIA Training Materials
HIA 'How To' Guide - This online course will explain the value of conducting an HIA and the steps involved in conducting an HIA. HIA examples are highlighted and discussed throughout the course.