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Methods and Tools (HIA) Toolkit

What do these pictures have in common? Answer: Decisions made in each of the areas (transportation, development, accessibility to healthy foods, education, etc.) have an effect on our health.

HIA is a combination of procedures, methods, and tools by which a policy, program, or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population.

Methods and Tools

World Health Organization links to HIA guides
European Centre for Health Policy, WHO Regional Office for Europe. Gothenburg Consensus Paper (1999). (exit DHS, PDF, 138 KB)
North American HIA Practice Standards Working Group

Human Impact Partners

Health Impact Assessment Tools - San Francisco Program on Health Equity and Sustainability
Active Living Research Tools and Measures
Healthy Development Measurement Tool (indicators)
Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index
Design for Health
CDC's Designing and Building Healthy Places
U.S. Green Building Council's LEED for Neighborhood Development
Smart Communities Network

International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) Local Governments for Sustainability - Sustainability Planning Toolkit (PDF, 77 KB)
Traffic Calming (Federal Highway Administration)
This is a method of applying physical measures that reduce the negative effects of motor vehicle use and improve conditions for non-motorized street users.

UCLA HIA Project, UCLA School of Public Health with funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
UCLA HIA Clearinghouse Learning and Information Center’s HIA Archive
This is a database of HIAs conducted across the U.S. with a summary of each HIA. Background information (links) on each health topic addressed in the HIA and the methods used are also provided.

Disclaimer:All external hyperlinks are provided as a courtesy to the general public for information purposes. The Virginia Department of Health does not testify to or endorse the accuracy of the information provided on externally linked pages.



Last Updated: 11-26-2013

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