Senior analyst and strategy team leader, Tatiana Y. Lin, M.S., of the Kansas Health Institute (KHI), has been elected president of the Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) for a two-year term effective July 2014.
SOPHIA is an international association of individuals and organizations that provides leadership in the practice of health impact assessments. The organization serves 370 members spanning 14 countries.
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An HIA is a policy tool that combines the best available research, data and community input in order to estimate a decision's potential positive and negative health impacts. An HIA informs the policymaking process, but does not take a position.
"We congratulate Tatiana on being elected by her peers to serve as president of SOPHIA. Her diverse experience in policy research and knowledge of the HIA field will be a great asset to the organization," said Robert F. St. Peter, M.D., president and CEO of KHI. "Tatiana's leadership will raise awareness of HIAs as an important policymaking tool not only in Kansas but worldwide."
Lin has been with KHI since 2007, where she leads the community health improvement strategy team, setting direction for projects promoting the health of Kansas communities. Since 2010, she has emphasized opportunities for incorporating the Health in All Policies approach into policymaking at the state and local levels. She has developed an impressive portfolio of health impact assessments, including one entitled "Potential Health Effects of Casino Development in Southeast Kansas," which received numerous awards, including the Best HIA of 2012.
Over the past several years, she has presented at events and served on various boards and coalitions at state, national and international levels. Such events include the American Public Health Association annual meetings, the National Health Impact Assessment Conference and the International Conference on Health Impact Assessment in Canada.
"I am excited about the opportunity to serve as the president of SOPHIA. It is an honor to lead the organization committed to advancing the health impact assessment field and supporting HIA practitioners from around the world. I look forward to fostering this mission, exploring new horizons and bringing my knowledge back to Kansas," said Lin.
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The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) 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 that was established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation.