MN HIA Coalition - Minnesota Department of Health

Minnesota HIA Coalition

The purpose of the Minnesota (MN) Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Coalition is to bring together communities and organizations in MN to:

  1. Educate on and promote the appropriate* use of HIA.
  2. Share information, tools, best practices and lessons learned (especially what works and what doesn’t) from HIAs.
  3. Collaborate on and coordinate (when applicable) HIA-related activities.
  4. Seek funding and act as a sounding board for future HIA projects.
  5. Support efforts to evaluate and document the processes and outcomes of HIA.
  6. Promote/institutionalize policies for HIAs and Health in All Policies.

*HIA, as articulated by the National Research Council, uses a distinct methodology and is one tool for promoting health in policies and plans. The MN HIA Coalition acknowledges that sometimes other tools are more appropriate and useful in achieving better health for a population.HIA is an evidence-based too used before decisions are finalized to create more equitable, healthier communities.

NEW The MN HIA Coalition created a Minnesota HIA Action Guide (PDF) to advance HIA capacity and understanding in Minnesota. This Guide covers the basics of HIAs in Minnesota, including talking points, information on HIAs completed in Minnesota, and resources.

Anyone is welcome to join the MN HIA Coalition as long as they agree with the MN HIA Coalition’s Goals, Values and Principles of Collaboration. For more information and to sign up, please complete a membership form (PDF). If you are interested in attending the meetings, please email The MN HIA Coalition will meet two times in 2017:

  • Monday, June 19 from 2:00p.m. to 4:00p.m.
  • Friday, December 1 from Noon to 2:00p.m.
  • Updated Monday, August 21, 2017 at 09:42AM