Human Impact Partners provides technical assistance (TA) and mentoring to organizations conducting HIA. TA and mentoring activities can include:
- Leading regular phone meetings to discuss the HIA project;
- Addressing questions as they arise by phone or email;
- Sharing HIA resources (e.g., worksheets, toolkits, quantitative tools, and data sources);
- Reviewing data, documents, methodology or other related materials relevant to the HIA;
- Conducting research for the HIA assessment phase; and
- Organizing in-person site visits to facilitate HIA-related meetings and review progress of HIA projects.
Below is a sample of partners to whom we have provided training and technical assistance. To learn more about Human Impact Partners’ HIA capacity building program, our partners, or other TA projects, please contact: info[at]humanimpact[dot]org. For a summary of findings from Human Impact Partners’ internal evaluation of our TA and mentoring program, click here.
Sample TA Projects
Adler School of Professional Psychology – Institute on Social Exclusion
The Adler School of Professional Psychology’s Institute on Social Exclusion (ISE) – based in Chicago, Illinois – received funding to advance the use of HIA to examine the social determinants of mental health. Their pilot “Mental Health Impact Assessment” (MHI) focused on a vacant property ordinance in Chicago, and their second, comprehensive MHIA focused on a proposal to update the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s (EEOC) Policy Guidance on the Consideration of Arrest Records in Employment Decisions. One of the proposed changes to this guidance was a recommendation that employers not be permitted to ask about arrests as a matter of course during the employment and interview process. HIP’s technical assistance to ISE as they completed this project included leading a training, coordinating on-site working sessions, extensive review of the draft report, and giving feedback about draft methods, findings, recommendations and evaluation. The full report can be found here.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) awarded grants to local, county, and state health and planning departments in 2011 to lead three HIAs a year for three years. Several grantees contracted directly with Human Impact Partners to provide training and technical assistance. Our specific partners include:
- Baltimore City Health Department
HIP worked with the Baltimore City Health Department to train city agencies, community groups, residents, academics and others in HIA. We also provided TA for an HIA on the city’s proposed plan to redevelop the 200-year old Lexington Market in downtown Baltimore. HIP continued to provide trainings and technical assistance to the health department in 2013, including help with community engagement strategies, screening potential HIA projects, and working through the HIA process for the three projects identified. We also participated in regular calls with the HIA Technical Advisory Team guiding the three projects.
- Douglas County Health Department in Nebraska
After an HIA training made possible by the Douglas County Health Department, HIP mentored two health departments in the state — the South Heartland District and West Central District departments — each on one HIA. For these projects, HIP led regular phone meetings to discuss both HIA projects, provided information to new staff on one of the HIAs, shared examples of relevant resources, and reviewed materials and reports for the projects.
- Massachusetts Department of Public Health
In 2012 and 2013, and through the Massachusetts Department of Public Health – Chronic Disease and Prevention Branch, Human Impact Partners trained a variety of civic and community leaders, agency staff and residents, and mentored the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC), Health Resources in Action (HRiA), the Worcester Public Health Department, and the Montachusett Regional Planning Council in MA on six HIAs completed during the first and second years of their grant. For these projects, HIP provided a training, participated in regular calls with organizations conducting the HIAs, reviewed draft materials and reports throughout the course of the HIAs, and provided ongoing mentoring and troubleshooting.
Cuyahoga County Board of Health
The Cuyahoga County Board of Health has spearheaded the local Place Matters initiative, convening partnerships with the Cleveland City Planning Department, local advocates, foundations, hospitals, and academics to work on policies and land use plans that impact health. In October 2011, HIP conducted an HIA training with a diverse group of participants looking at two case study projects for an HIA. Cuyahoga County Board of Health and Cleveland City Planning, with support from the rest of the Cuyahoga County Place Matters team, moved forward with a rapid HIA on a proposed Urban Agriculture Overlay zone in the City of Cleveland, and an HIA on a transportation corridor planning process in Euclid, OH, as well as the creation of a regional HIA partnership. HIP has provided technical assistance and mentoring on these HIAs. These projects have led to the partners receiving additional funding, commencing on two new HIAs, and building out their HIA program.
The Health Impact Project
HIP has provided training, technical assistance and mentoring to HIA demonstration grantees and HIA program grantees funded by The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. HIA demonstration projects are intended to inform decisions on proposed local, tribal or state policies, projects or programs – for example, local agriculture plans, and land use/development plans. Program grantees receive funding to both conduct HIAs and build capacity to continue HIA work into the future.
HIP has worked with each round of grantees since the beginning of these programs, and many of the projects have shown a great degree of success. Grantees we worked with include community organizations, government agencies, and academic institutions and span the US geographically. For many of these grantees, HIP provided on-site trainings; helped clarify their HIA topics; provided scoping and assessment resources and tools; reviewed interim and final products; and, provided general troubleshooting for grantees when issues emerged. For information on grantees, see here.
Oregon HIA Practitioners
In 2009, HIP provided two on-site trainings to the Oregon Department of Health Services, other state agencies, county health departments, and community partners. HIP also provided mentoring both to Upstream Public Health, a non-profit in Portland, conducting its first HIAs and to state health department staff as they disseminated funding to local counties for HIA projects. While HIP’s role has receded, the HIA work continues: a statewide HIA network was formed, additional funding received, and multiple HIAs have been completed by a number of organizations.
Place Matters Initiative
With funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, HIP provided training and technical assistance to Place Matters initiatives in the following places:
- Alameda County, CA – An HIA on a school funding policy in Oakland, CA;
- Bernalillo County, NM – An HIA on a proposal to locate a new dirty materials recovery facility in a community just outside of Albuquerque;
- New Orleans, LA – An HIA on a zoning ordinance related to healthy food retail;
- Wayne County, MI – An HIA on a national and statewide policy proposal for gender pay equity.
For each of these projects, HIP provided on-site trainings; helped identify topics for their HIAs and develop overall goals; provided scoping and assessment resources and tools; reviewed interim and final products; and, provided general troubleshooting for grantees when issues emerged.