Health Impact Assessment: A Practical Guide


Health Impact Assessment: A Practical Guide


This guide for community leaders and policymakers provides a practical approach to undertaking Health Impact Assessment (HIA). HIA helps ensure that planning projects, plans, programs, and policies contribute to the health of the community and do not have unanticipated negative impacts on health.

This guide focuses on established steps or stages of HIA: screening, scoping, identification, assessment, decisionmaking and recommendations, and evaluation and followup.

Guidance for undertaking each step is broken down into four key components:

  1. Purpose of the step
  2. Who is involved in the step
  3. Processes involved within the step
  4. Expected endpoints of the step


University of New South Wales

Funding Sources:

New South Wales Department of Health


Release Date: 2007
Original Summary: June 2012
Last Updated: 11/07/12

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