|Technical Assistance & Mentoring|
Human Impact Partners provides technical assistance (TA) and mentoring to organizations conducting HIA. TA and mentoring activities can include:
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(0)humanimpact.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:
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:
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.