Social, economic, and environmental conditions have a tremendous impact on health, but health impacts are often not considered when policy decisions are made. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a systematic process for determining the health impacts of a decision before it is made so that decision-makers can advance smart policies to build healthy and equitable communities.
HIAs can be applied in many areas including: education; housing; economic policy; labor and employment; criminal justice; agriculture and food; natural resources and energy; transportation; and the built environment. Over 400 HIAs have been conducted in the United States, but none have yet been conducted in Rhode Island.
This presentation is by Human Impact Partners (HIP) from Oakland California. HIP brings the power of public health to campaigns and movements for a just society. Their mission is to transform the policies and places that people need to live healthy lives by increasing the consideration of health and equity in decision making. HIP has been a leader in the field of Health Impact Assessment since its founding in 2006. To learn more about Human Impact Partners, visit: http://humanimpact.org/
Event hosted by the Rhode Island Department of Health in collaboration with the Rhode Island College School of Nursing, and made possible by funding from the Kresge Foundation's Emerging Leaders in Public Health initiative.
8:30 - Coffee and Registration
9:00 - Welcome and Introductions
Connecting Environmental, Social, and Political Conditions to Health
Introduction to Health Impact Assessment
Examples of Completed HIA Projects
10:45 - ADJOURN
Note: This "Introduction to HIAs" presentation is the first part of an intensive 2-day training that will use two local case studies as examples for how to go through each step of a full Health Impact Assessment. Guests are welcome to stay until 11:30 to learn about the local case studies.
The Rhode Island Nursing Education Center is located in the South Street Landing building at 350 Eddy Street, Providence. It is located on RIPTA bus lines 1, 3, 58, 62, and 92 - see ripta.com for schedules. If driving, there is metered street parking as well as paid parking in either the Richmond Garage (280 Richmond St) or South Street Landing garage (330 Eddy St.).
Presentation will be in lecture room 308 - signage will be posted inside the building.