Policy & Research


Health Impact Assessment Policymaker Profile

Learning to ask the question: What about health?


Health Impact Assessment Policymaker Profile

Health impact assessment (HIA) is a tool used to inform policymakers—during the decision-making process—of potential positive and negative health effects of proposed laws, programs, policies or regulations. This is done first by asking: What about health?

The Kansas Health Institute has developed a policymaker profile to:

  • demonstrate the value of HIAs to decision-makers;
  • outline the process of conducting HIAs;
  • identify common characteristics of HIA champions;
  • provide resources on how to get started with HIA.

The HIA policymaker profile issue brief and video can be used as a reference point for various types of decison-makers, HIA practitioners or community groups who have interest in health impact assessments and want to identify and support emerging HIA champions. 

The project, supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, through funding from the Kansas Health Foundation, features two Kansas policymakers who share their personal experiences with health impact assessments.



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Read more about the HIAs described in the policymaker profile: 






The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Health Impact Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.

The Kansas Health Institute (KHI) delivers objective information, conducts credible research, and supports civil dialogue enabling policy leaders to make informed health policy decisions that enhance their effectiveness as champions for a healthier Kansas. Established in 1995 with a multiyear grant from the Kansas Health Foundation, KHI is a nonprofit, nonpartisan educational organization based in Topeka.