MDH Health Impact Assessment Reports

MDH received grants from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) from 2009 to 2011 to strengthen and improve the state's public health capacity to increase health protection and health equity through the implementation of HIAs.

The reports listed below were produced with the support of the ASTHO and CDC grants.

Divine Mercy Development HIA

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The HIA on the Divine Mercy Development was a desktop HIA on a mixed-use Environmental Assessment Worksheet (EAW). The project was located in Faribault, MN. The HIA was performed to determine whether the Divine Mercy Development sufficiently addressed public health impacts in addition to environmental impacts. The HIA reviewed 26 health indicators, and found that the EAW did not addressed many of the health concerns identified through the HIA, such as access to healthy food retailers, proximity to transit service, and high-risk intersections for pedestrians.

Completed November 2011.

For more information, please contact health.hia@state.mn.us.

Sixth Avenue East Schematic Redesign HIA

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St. Louis County Public Health HIA developed a series of recommendations for future planning and engineering initiatives associated with the redesign and reconstruction of Sixth Avenue East. The recommendations are intended to meet the public’s health needs and concerns identified through the HIA process. These needs and concerns focused on accessibility, safety, physical activity and livability.

Completed June 2011.

Contact health.hia@state.mn.us to receive a copy of the report.

For more information, please contact St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services at 218-726-2222.

Douglas County Comprehensive Plan Update HIA

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The HIA in Douglas County focused on updating the County’s Comprehensive Plan to ensure that four specific health categories were better assessed and incorporated into their long and short-term planning. The HIA focused on an aging population, social capital, access to places and transportation safety.

Completed June 2011.

Contact health.hia@state.mn.us to receive a copy of the report.

For more information, please contact Douglas County Public Health at 320-763-6018.

St. Louis Park Comprehensive Plan Update HIA

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The desktop HIA on St. Louis Park’s Comprehensive Plan examined if health concerns are incorporated in the comp plan and made recommendations for health concerns that may have been overlooked. Twenty health indicators were used to assist in evaluating the comprehensive plan. Most of the indicators related to public safety, accessibility, water quality, and housing.

Completed November 2011.

For more information, please contact health.hia@state.mn.us.

Updated Monday, March 17, 2014 at 07:52AM