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  • Save the Date! The 2015 National Health Impact Assessment Meeting will be held June 16 to 18, 2015, in Washington.

    July 15, 2014
    The 2015 National Health Impact Assessment Meeting will be held June 16 to 18, 2015, in Washington. Please save the date! Building on the success of the first two national HIA meetings, the 2015 conference is designed to appeal to anyone interested in learning more about HIAs and advancing the field, especially decision-makers and program leaders from multiple sectors and at all levels of government. The audience will include current HIA practitioners; public health, planning, and health policy professionals; community-based organizations; advocacy groups; researchers; academicians and students; elected officials and their staffs; and decision-makers from non-health agencies who might use or rely on the results of an HIA, such as in planning, transportation, housing, agriculture, energy, environment, and education. Meeting objectives include: Introducing public health professionals and others to the appropriate applications, methods, opportunities, and challenges involved in conducting an HIA. Providing a forum for HIA practitioners to showcase their work through roundtables and oral and poster presentations, as well as to learn from each other and experts in related disciplines. Showing decision-makers and program leaders the practical aspects of implementing HIAs in a range of policy settings. Visit www.NationalHIAMeeting.com, where information will be posted as it becomes available, including details on the call for ... Read More >>
  • HIP is Hiring a Research Associate!

    July 1, 2014
    Human Impact Partners is looking for a Research Associate to work on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and Health in All Policies (HiAP) projects. This is an exciting opportunity to be part of a very rapidly growing field that is creating systemic change to improve people’s lives. Read the . Read More >>
  • Women & Water: Lessons from the Elk River Chemical Spill Listening Sessions

    June 9, 2014
    Immediately following the Center for Disease Control’s advisory against pregnant women consuming water in the chemical spill zone, WV FREE sprang into action. “The clear reproductive health effects of the disaster compelled us to reach out to women in the affected area,” said Margaret Chapman Pomponio, WV FREE Executive Director. “Increasing public engagement in public issues and creating space for raising civic and social concerns is a main objective of our movement.” Between February and April 2014, WV FREE enlisted the help of People Concerned About Chemical Safety to conduct six listening sessions to hear directly from women and families about how the Elk River chemical spill has impacted their lives. Sixty adults participated in the listening sessions which were held in various churches and public housing complexes in Charleston and at the Putnam County Courthouse. Their questions, concerns and suggested action steps are documented in a report entitled, “Women & Water: Lessons from the Elk River Chemical Spill Listening Sessions”. Human Impact Partners provided pro bono support by synthesizing session findings and writing the report. Read the Women & Water Report. Read More >>
  • New Video on Treatment Instead of Prison HIA

    June 5, 2014
    HIP and WISDOM just released a video about our HIA on increasing funding for treatment alternatives to incarceration in Wisconsin. Read More >>
  • The Health Impacts of Raising the Minimum Wage

    May 19, 2014
    Human Impact Partners worked with the Health Officers Association of California to conduct a rapid health analysis of SB 935 (Leno), which is being considered by the California legislature. The bill would raise the minimum wage over the next several years and then adjust it annually to account for inflation after that.  Our analysis shows that raising the minimum wage would result in significantly improved health and wellbeing for Californians. Read the . Read More >>
  • Just Released: When Health is the Root Cause of Poor Education Outcomes

    April 16, 2014
    Human Impact Partners recently released a report, funded by The California Endowment, highlighting health and equity considerations for California’s recently overhauled school financing system. The new system (called Local Control Funding Formula) would increase funding for students with the greatest needs: youth who are low-income, in the foster care system, or English Language Learners. The report identifies the mental, emotional, social, and physical health problems these groups might face that could impact their classroom behaviors and education outcomes, and identifies promising practices to address these challenges. Click here for links to the full report, and the executive summary, which is provided in both English and Spanish. Read More >>
  • Just Released: Suspensions for Willful Defiance and Their Health Impacts

    April 8, 2014
    Human Impact Partners worked with the Health Officers Association of California to conduct a rapid health analysis of AB 420 (Dickinson), which is being considered by the California legislature and governor. The bill would end the practice of of suspending or recommending for expulsion a pupil who “willfully defies” the authority of school officials. We find that the bill would have many benefits to physical and mental health, including through reduced school dropout, poverty and incarceration. Because African Americans are disproportionately suspended and expelled for willful defiance, the bill would benefit them the most. To read our analysis, click here. Read More >>
  • Alameda County Public Health Policy Brief Released!

    March 20, 2014
    Today, Human Impact Partners released a new public health policy brief that follows how one county health department restructured its work to take on the underlying factors that contribute to health. Check out the brief –   – for the practicalities of staffing and funding adjustments that were made, key elements for success, and how the department partners with communities today. Many thanks to the Alameda County Public Health Department staff who contributed to and reviewed this brief. Read the brief. Read a related paper by the Alameda County Public Health Department. Read More >>
  • New video about the Farmers Field HIA

    March 19, 2014
    HIP worked with community organizers at LA CAN and a panel of impacted stakeholders on an HIA of a proposed football stadium in LA to win community benefits, including $15M for affordable housing. Watch this new video about the project and visit the case story page to learn more. Read More >>
  • Open comment period announced for Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for HIA, March 3 – April 30

    March 4, 2014
    The co-authors of the North American HIA Practice Standards are excited to announce an Open Comment period on the current version of the Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for Health Impact Assessment (Version 2.0). The Open Comment period will run from March 3 – April 30, 2014. The was published in November 2010. In an effort to maintain the rigor and applicability of the MEs/PSs to the burgeoning HIA practice in North America, the co-authors intend to revise the MEs/PSs in 2014, and release Version 3.0 in time for the upcoming HIA of the Americas workshop in September 2014. As part of this revision process, we are incorporating an Open Comment period for HIA practitioners and colleagues to weigh in on the document and provide substantive and specific feedback. For example, questions to consider include: Are there any additional MEs/PSs that should be considered for inclusion? Conversely, are there any MEs/PSs that should be removed or revised substantially? Is the language of any element or standard confusing or problematic? Have there been any difficulties in applying the MEs/PSs? What can be done to make the MEs/PSs more user-friendly? Are there other changes you would recommend to improve uptake of the MEs/PSs? To facilitate our ability to review and address ... Read More >>