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Handbook: Optimizing Your Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Experience

HIA Handbook for Practitioners

By Tatiana Y. Lin, M.A., Carlie J. Houchen, M.P.H., Sarah M. Hartsig, M.S., Sheena L. Smith, M.P.P. | April 06, 2017

Handbook: Optimizing Your Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Experience

Are you an individual or organization thinking about conducting a health impact assessment (HIA)? Or do you have experience conducting HIAs?

The Kansas Health Institute HIA team has created a practical Handbook to help individuals of all experience levels anticipate and address potential challenges during the HIA process. To help readers understand how solutions can be applied in practice, the Handbook includes examples from several HIAs across the county and abroad. It also directs readers to existing HIA-related resources that can be used to address challenges or provide examples. Furthermore, the Handbook identifies opportunities for using HIA steps and tools to advance Community Health (Needs) Assessment and Foundational Public Health Services efforts.


 

Click on the links below to view and download graphics that illustrate the elements of each HIA step.


Step 1: Screening is the first step of an HIA process. It determines whether an HIA is feasible, timely and would add value to the decision-making process.

Step 2: Scoping is the second step of the HIA process. It determines what health impacts are going to be studied, which populations will be included in the study, and the methods that will be used to conduct an HIA.

Step 3: Assessment is the third step of an HIA process. It includes a summary of existing (baseline) conditions and analysis of potential health impacts.  

Step 4: Recommendations is the fourth step of an HIA process. Recommendations are a way to suggest action that can enhance positive health effects and mitigate potential negative health effects related to the proposed plan/project/policy. 

Step 5: Reporting is the fifth step of an HIA process. It includes the distribution of findings to decision-makers and others involved with the HIA.

Step 6: Monitoring/Evaluation is the sixth step of an HIA process. This step helps determine future health impacts resulting from policy changes and assesses the HIA process, results and lessons learned. 

The Kansas Health Institute delivers credible information and research enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. The Kansas Health Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan health policy and research organization based in Topeka, established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.