Using a health impact assessment as an advocacy tool to make Billings, Mont., a community that is healthy by design

The Yellowstone Montana City-County Health Department, like many local health departments, seeks to create a community that is healthy by design. To achieve their goal of creating a healthy community, the grantee plans to evaluate Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) as a tool for decision-making, advocacy and communications. This grant supports the Foundation's interest in developing evidence-based tools designed to help policy and decision makers improve the public's health by addressing environmental and other non-health sector determinants of health. Deliverables for this project include: two completed HIA in Billings, Montana; a template for future HIAs in other communities; a summit for community stakeholders and leaders in order to engage them in the HIA process; and an evaluation report describing the success and challenges of using HIAs as an advocacy and communications tool.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $199,957.00

Awarded on: 11/20/2007

Time frame: 12/1/2007 - 11/30/2009

Grant Number: 63364


Yellowstone City-County Health Department

P.O. Box 35033
Billings, 59107-5033


Hillary Hanson
Project Director