Health Impact Assessments
OPHI is a leader in the HIA field and has led or been involved in numerous HIAs in the fields of transportation, land use, housing, energy and food systems. OPHI staff also have expertise in worksite wellness, environmental health, nutrition policy, and maternal and child health.
OPHI Professional Services
OPHI provides public health and process expertise for non-public health agencies and organizations interested in conducting an HIA. In addition, OPHI provides training and technical assistance for organizations interested in conducting HIA, ranging from assistance for individual stages of a particular HIA to 2-day trainings for multiple organizations.
Organizations interested in consulting with OPHI to conduct an HIA or in receiving HIA training or technical assistance should contact HIA Project Manager Steve White at (503) 227-5502 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HIA ResourcesLocal HIAs and Resources
- Oregon’s HIA Initiative: The State of Oregon’s initiative is a joint effort between the Office of Environmental Public Health’s Research and Education Services and the Office of Disease Prevention and Epidemiology’s Health Department and Chronic Disease Section. Their main focus is building HIA capacity around the state through technical assistance and trainings. In addition, the State of Oregon maintains a current list of HIAs completed throughout the state. To see their completed list, click here.
- Clark County (WA) Highway 99 Sub-Area Plan Health Impact Assessment (2010) Clark County adopted a Highway 99 Sub-Area Plan that identifies the vision and projects for the corridor over the next six years. The HIA will be conducted on the plan and offer an assessment of how the current plan can impact health as well as recommendation on how the plan’s projects can improve health.
- Vehicle Miles Traveled HIA (2009). Upstream Public Health and researchers at Oregon Health and Sciences University conducted a policy scan of Oregon policies to look to reduce vehicle miles traveled in Oregon and how these policies do or can potentially impact human health.
- HIA on Transportation Policies in the Eugene Climate and Energy Action Plan (2010). This project examines the health benefits and negative impacts of transportation recommendations within the Eugene Climate and Energy Action Plan (CEAP). It examines seven objectives within the CEAP and summarizes the scientific evidence that links those policies to health issues in Eugene.
- UCLA HIA Clearinghouse Learning and Information Center (UCLA HIA-CLIC). In response to the growing number of HIAs being completed throughout the country, the University of California – Los Angeles (UCLA) has created a clearinghouse for interested parties to learn about and find existing HIAs. Their website has a detailed search function that allows users to search for HIAs by location, topic, health effects, among other characteristics.
- Human Impact Partners. Human Impact Partners is the only organization in the United States focused on capacity building for HIAs — offering policymakers, project leaders, public agencies, community groups and advocacy organizations the support they need to conduct HIAs and use the results to make informed choices. Their website offers a HIA toolkit, HIA trainings, and links to their completed HIAs.
- The Health Impact Project. The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a national initiative designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) as a decision-making tool for policymakers. Their website offers HIA resources and information on HIA funding opportunities.