Health Impact Assessments Growing in Use

Health Impact Assessments Growing in Use  

By Doug Farquhar Vol . 19, No. 44/ November-December 2011

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Health impact assessments look at how policy decisions may affect human health.

A health impact assessment is a structured process that brings together public health experts and stakeholders to identify, with the use of scientific data, potential health effects of a policy, plan, program, or project before it is built or implemented. During the process, evaluators objectively assess how decisions regarding transportation, land use, open space, housing and energy production may affect human health. They take into account actions that can lead to obesity, diabetes, asthma, injury, cardiovascular disease and cancer, among other public health concerns.    



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