HIA: Tools & Resources
The MN Tracking Program and CDC National Tracking Network are uniquely positioned to inform HIA practice by:
- Improving your access to data through national, state, and local networks
- Providing custom data at finer spatial resolution(ZIP code), where feasible
- Providing consultation and technical expertise in data analysis, GIS, data visualization, epidemiology, and risk communication
- Fostering partnerships, collaboration with partners, and cross-program activities or initiatives
Tracking Data are collected and updated on an ongoing basis. This aspect makes Tracking Data especially useful for monitoring and evaluating actions and decisions over time. For example, data can be used to evaluate progress pre- and post-implementation of the HIA decision or action.
- Data Diagram [PDF: 167KB/1 Page]
- Request Data or Consultation (analysis, GIS, epidemiology)
- Use Tools & Resources
- More Data Sources
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Request Data or Consultation
The Minnesota Tracking Program provides expertise in:
- Data analysis and interpretation (epidemiology)
- Data visualization (charts, maps/GIS)
- Risk communication
Contact us to discuss consultation in these areas. .
Use Tools & Resources
The Data User Guide for HIA provides information about how Tracking Data may be used to inform steps in the HIA process, including scoping, assessment (baseline), and monitoring and evaluation. See the Data for HIA Diagram [link tbd] to access health and environment data.Geographic Information Systems (GIS) are useful tools for analyzing and visualizing results for a proposed HIA. GIS maps can:
- Show geographic boundaries of the area of interest
- Identify and determine accessibility to community attributes (e.g., green space, recreational areas, stores, public services)
- Present health, demographic, and environmental data at different geographical scales within the project area (i.e., census tract, ZIP code, or community level)
- Use spatial interpolation tools (e.g., ESRI’s ArcGIS Spatial Analyst or Epi-Info).
Contact the Minnesota Tracking Program for technical expertise in data visualization, including maps/GIS for public health data.
Attributable risk estimates may be used to quantify rates of death and illness associated with changes in exposure. These estimates can be made using the US EPA Environmental Benefits Mapping and Analysis Program (BenMAP). This free program applies concentration-response functions from published studies to estimate changes in the burden of health effects associated with changes in air temperature or quality. For example, see Mortality Benefits Associated with Reducing PM2.5 (fine particle) Concentration Levels. You can generate data from the Tracking Network that provides the estimated number of deaths prevented and percent change in deaths associated with lowering PM2.5 concentration levels in air. BenMAP does not have the same spatial analysis capabilities as GIS, but it can be useful for contributing to attributable risk estimates.
Additional Tools and Resources for HIAs are available at Human Impact Partners.
More Data Sources
Minnesota Data Sources
- Minnesota Public Health Data Access portal: interactive charts, queries, and maps with data on over 20 health and environment topics
- MDH: Selected Public Health Data websites, by topic.
- MDH: Data and Statistics: a broad range of dat for infectious and chronic diseases, and environmental health.
- Minnesota Demography Center: demographic data and analysis expertise.
- Minnesota Toward Zero Deaths: data on traffic safety statistics for Minnesota
National Data Sources
- HIA Data Sources and Related Resources [PDF: 228 KB/9 pages]
- CDC National Tracking Network: data on health and environment topics, including community design.
- CDC National Center for Health Statistics: the principle health statistics agency.
- US Census Bureau: population, demographic, and economic data.
- MDH, Health Impact Assessment
- CDC, Health Impact Assessment
- Health Impact Project
- WHO, Health Impact Assessment
- Human Impact Partners
- UCLA, Health Impact Assessment Clearinghouse
- US EPA, Health Impact Assessment
Return to MN Tracking: Health Impact Assessments.