Built and Synthetic Environment

Health Impact Assessments

  • A health impact assessment (HIA) is a means for decision makers, such as planners and departments of transportation, to identify the health consequences of their actions and make informed decisions about land use and development. ASTHO has supported HIA capacity building efforts in several states through grant funding from CDC's National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH/CDC).

  • State HIA Projects

    Since 2009, ASTHO has been sponsoring states through HIA capacity building grants, made possible by NCEH/CDC, to build capacity among state and local partners to consider the impacts of the built environment on health and to implement HIAs. Click the link below to access reports which summarize the work and successes of all grantees supported through this initiative.

    ASTHO Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Capacity Building Grantees: 2009-present

  • Leadership for Healthy Communities Project

    ASTHO, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Leadership for Healthy Communities (LHC) program, is working to address childhood obesity. Through this project, we awarded grants to South Carolina, Arizona and Kentucky to strengthen their health agencies’ capacity to undertake a health impact assessment (HIA) of a policy or project that impacted access to healthy eating and active living. Each state documented their process for building capacity for HIAs. Click the link below to read their reports.

    Leadership for Healthy Communities Final Reports

  • Using Health Impact Assessments to Enhance the Environmental Regulatory Process: Case Studies and Key Messages

    HIAs have emerged as a promising tool for providing health-based recommendations to decision-makers in a variety of sectors, including transportation, planning, housing, and energy. This report highlights case studies from jurisdictions that have successfully integrated HIAs into or alongside National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requirements and presents key messages showcasing the potential for HIAs to enhance environmental regulatory reviews.

    Using HIA to Enhance the Environmental Regulatory Process

  • Resources

    HIA resources from CDC, partners, and on the web.

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