MDH Health Impact Assessment Reports - Minnesota Department of Health

MDH Health Impact Assessment Reports

Our Health Impact Assessment (HIA) initiative focuses on building the State's collective capacity to evaluate the health effects, and influence the outcomes, of projects, policies, and plans. As part of this work, MDH conducts Minnesota HIA projects and provides technical assistance to partner organizations that are conducting Minnesota HIAs.

NEW Minnesota Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan HIA

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MDH partnered with the Minnesota Department of Transportation to provide a health lens to the 2017 revision of the Statewide Multimodal Transportation Plan (SMTP). Specifically, the HIA examined the health impacts of proposed changes to three sections of the SMTP, including Transportation Safety, Healthy Communities, and Critical Connections, along with reviewing these sections for impacts on equity. This collaborative effort and resulting HIA represent the next step forward towards a vision of Health in All Policies and improving people's health through changes in Minnesota's transportation system.

The HIA Executive Summary is now available and the full HIA report will be releasd in the fall of 2016. This HIA was supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, contact health.hia@state.mn.us.

Winona County Active Living Plan HIA

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Between January 2014 and April 2015, MDH facilitated an HIA in partnership with Winona County staff on the draft Active Living Plan. The objective of the Winona County Active Living Plan HIA was to assess the impact of the Winona County Active Living Plan on heart disease and diabetes, pedestrian and traffic safety, mental health, and education and resources for Winona County residents, and develop recommendations to mitigate negative impacts and promote positive impacts.

Draft report completed April 2015. This HIA was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. For more information, contact health.hia@state.mn.us.

Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan HIA

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Between June 2013 and 2014, MDH facilitated an HIA in partnership with the City of Duluth on the Gary/New Duluth Small Area Plan (SAP). The purpose of the HIA was to explore how the SAP could impact the community's health, positively and negatively, and make recommendations to the SAP to promote positive impacts and reduce negative impacts. The HIA specifically focused on impacts to social cohesion, physical activity, and access to healthy food.

Completed and adopted by the Duluth City Council June 2014. This HIA was supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts. For more information, contact health.hia@state.mn.us.

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. This HIA was supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). For more information, contact health.hia@state.mn.us.

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. This HIA was supported by a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). For more information, contact health.hia@state.mn.us.

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. This HIA was supported by a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). For more information, contact Douglas County Public Health at 320-763-6018.

Sixth Avenue East Duluth 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. This HIA was supported by a grant from the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). For more information, contact St. Louis County Public Health & Human Services at 218-726-2222.

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MDH's current HIA work is supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Updated Thursday, August 25, 2016 at 01:13PM