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Health Impact Assessments and Environmental Assessments

Increasingly, consideration of  health impacts is being included in assessments of policies, regulations, projects and other forms of intervention.  These considerations take various forms ranging from formal Health Impact Assessments (HIA) to smaller scale desktop studies. Because, many of the interventions assessed are from fields outside of public health (e.g.,housing, transportation, education, resource development and other planning and infrastructure), collaboration among professionals from public health and other sectors is common.

NCCEH is conducting a set of interviews with key informants to gain information on the ways in which health issues are incorporated within decision-making processes, on the stakeholders involved and on challenges faced (e.g.: training needs, consistent guidelines, etc.). We are currently compiling a list of experts who may be interested in participating in an interview during February or March 2019.  The types of expertise and experience preferred include:

  • Expertise in HIA or other health assessment method
  • Experience in integrating health in environmental assessment
  • Experience in assessments of planning (e.g.: urban, landscape, transportation, etc.) or resource development projects
  • Experience with assessments of other decision-making contexts (e.g., policy, regulation, etc.)

If you would be interested in participating or can recommend someone with the any above qualifications, please respond to Shirra Freeman at with following information:

First and Last name:
Field of Expertise:

Thank you for your contribution.


Tina - do you know when the results of this will be made available? I am working on developing a Healthy City Strategy and this would directly relate to our work. 

Hi Bruce, Shirra has finished her first draft report and it's currently being reviewed. I'll post a link here when it's posted to our website! Thanks!

hi Bruce - you might be interested in the Plan H webinar that's happening tommorow morning on HBE assessment tools for local governments.  Here's the link for more info:



Ten HBE Assessment Tools for Local Governments - Webinar

April 3, 2019 - 10:00am to 11:30am

Join us on April 3rd as we launch our newest resource guide: Ten Healthy Built Environment Assessment Tools for Local Governments, which was developed in partnership with Vancouver Coastal Health. This guide has been designed to support local governments in assessing features of their communities’ built environments. These ten assessment tools, when paired with community engagement efforts and health data, can support local governments in identifying the strengths and gaps in their community built environments and demonstrate how those gaps might negatively impact health. 

We will be joined by Sagar Shah, Manager of Planning at the American Planning Association. He will be discussing the many ways to utilize the Metrics for Planning Healthy Communities tool, with a focus on ensuring equity is brought into the process. Also joining us is Renee Umstattd Meyer, one of the Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) authors and an expert on rural communities. We will explore all ten validated healthy built environment assessment tools that are showcased in the new resource guide, with a focus on both the Metrics for planning Healthy Communities tool and the RALA tools.