Health Impact Assessment (HIA)
The following are external websites that provide useful information and resources about HIAs.
Tools, Data, and Assessment Resources
- Amherst H. Wilder Foundation - Minnesota Compass
Minnesota Compass measures progress in Minnesota, tracking trends in topic areas such as education, economy and workforce, health, housing, public safety, and a host of others.
- Census Reporter
As a Knight News Challenge-funded project, this site uses information from the U.S. Census Bureau to provide a user-friendly interface for navigating data.
- Design for Health (DFH) - Tools, Research, and Resources
DFH bridges the gap between the emerging research base on community design and healthy living and local government planning. One of its four primary avenues is to provide evidence-based tools for conducting HIAs.
- Minnesota Tracking Program - HIA Data User Guide
This guide provides step-by-step instructions about how to access and use data from the Minnesota Tracking Program to conduct a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) using the Data Access Portal.
- U.S. Department of Transportation and Centers for Disease Prevention and Control - Transportation and Health Tool
The Transportation and Health Tool was developed to provide easy access to data that practitioners can use to examine the health impacts of transportation systems.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Community-Focused Exposure and Risk Screening Tool (C-FERST)
C-FERST is being developed as a community mapping, information access tool to help inform community assessments and decision-making.
- U.S. Environmental Protection Agency - Environmental Justice Screening and Mapping Tool (EJSCREEN)
EJSCREEN is based on nationally consistent data and an approach that combines environmental and demographic indicators in maps and reports.
Guides, Reports, and Supporting Organizations
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Healthy Places - Health Impact Assessment
The CDC HIA resources include a Parks and Trails HIA Toolkit, Transportation HIA Toolkit, and focused issue areas on: Injury, Mental Health, Physical Activity, Respiratory Health, Social Capital, and Water Quality.
Community Participation in Health Impact Assessments: A National Evaluation
Human Impact Partners and the Center for Community Health and Evaluation partnered to find out how community members participate in HIAs and what outcomes this participation leads to. Released in January 2016, this report offers new insights related to community participation in the U.S.-based HIA practice.
- Health Impact Project
The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a national initiative designed to promote the use of health impact assessments (HIAs) as a decision-making tool for policymakers.
- Human Impact Partners (HIP)
HIP works in partnership with communities, public health and academic experts to build capacity to conduct HIAs and strives to create a world in which health is considered in all decision-making.
- Promoting Equity through the Practice of Health Impact Assessment
This report co-authored by PolicyLink and three partner organizations is a tool for advancing health equity in your community through health impact assessment.
- Stakeholder Engagement: Planning and Budget Resource
Released in December 2015, this guide provides HIA practitioners with practical tools for planning and budgeting for various activities to involve stakeholders and build meaningful stakeholder engagement into HIA budgets upfront.
- The Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessments (SOPHIA)
SOPHIA is an organization serving the needs of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) practitioners in North America and worldwide. SOPHIA aims to provide leadership and promote excellence in the practice of HIA.
- UCLA Health Impact Assessment Clearinghouse
The Learning and Information Center provides information on completed HIAs, methods and resources, training and other topics to support a better understanding of HIA.
- World Health Organization (WHO)
The WHO works to promote health across all sectors of activity. Explore the vast resources this website provides to learn about the global importance of conducting HIAs.
MDH's current HIA work is supported by a grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.