Upcoming Webinar on Health Impact Assessments

Feb 13, 2012, 3:50 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth

In advance of the Inaugural Health Impact Assessment Meeting, the American Society of Law Medicine and Ethics (ASLME); Network for Public Health Law; Public Health Law Association (PHLA); and the Public Health Law Research Program are hosting a webinar, "Learning More About Health Impact Assessments," on Thursday February 16, from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. (EST).

Health impact assessments (HIAs) bring together scientific data, health expertise and public input to identify the potential—and often overlooked—health effects of proposed laws, regulations, projects and programs. HIAs provide decision-makers with the information they need to advance smarter policies to help build safe, healthy, thriving communities.

HIAs may focus on health issues for projects and policies that don’t automatically raise health concerns for planners, such as transportation, urban planning, agriculture, education and energy.

The webinar will provide a basic overview of health impact assessments; examine the development of an innovative HIA tool; and explore the legal authority authorizing, supporting or prohibiting HIAs.

Presenters include:

The webinar is free and open to anyone interested. Register here by 1 p.m. (EST) on February 14. Instructions will be sent to participants.


This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.