Wednesday, September 14, 2011

National Research Council Provides Guidance on Use of Health Impact Assessment

Karen Deleeuw, with CDPHE's Prevention Services Division, passed on a message from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation that the National Research Council (NRC) released a report on Health Impact Assessments (HIA) this week offering concrete guidance for decision-makers on ways to identify and address the potential impact on health of proposed projects or policies in sectors outside of health and health care at the federal, state, tribal and local levels, including the private sector.

The NRC is the third national body to promote the use of HIA this year, following the National Prevention, Health Promotion and Public Health Council and the Institute of Medicine committee on Public Health Strategies to Improve Health. Several other national reports have recommended the use of HIA, including the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Action Plan on Disparities and the White House Childhood Obesity Task Force Action Plan.

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