HIAs: Tools & Resources - Minnesota Department of Health

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.

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 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.

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Updated Monday, March 21, 2016 at 03:32PM