Health Impact Assessments to Be Presented at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting

November 1, 2013

Health impact assessments, or HIAs, are increasingly being used as tools to bring public health into decisions.

The American Public Health Association annual meeting this year in Boston will include 30 presentations on HIAs.


See below for some highlights:


From seed to flower: Growing HIA practice using the Minnesota example

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013: 2:30-4 p.m.


SNAP shot: Innovative approaches in nutrition assistance programs

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013: 8:30-10 a.m.


The impact of the built environment on people with disabilities

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013: 10:30 a.m.-noon



Criminalization of vulnerable populations: Using health impact assessment to reduce impacts on health and equity

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013: 8:30-10 a.m.


Cumulative risk in environmental justice communities: Application of conceptualization, assessment, and risk communication strategies

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013: 8:30–10 a.m.

Alexandra Nolen, Ph.D., M.P.H., director, Center to Eliminate Health Disparities; associate director University of Texas Medical Branch, Pan American Health Organization/World Health Organization Training Center, Galveston, TX


Enhancing HIA through collaboration among environmental health and chronic disease/prevention practitioners

Monday, Nov. 4, 2013: 2:30–4 p.m.

Ben Wood, M.P.H., Division of Prevention and Wellness, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA

Allyson Auerbach, M.P.H. , Health Resources in Action, Inc., Boston, MA

Grounding McGrath

Suzanne K. Condon, M.S. , Bureau of Environmental Health, Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Boston, MA


Healthy housing, health impact assessments and community engagement

Monday Nov. 4, 2913: 2:30–2:50 p.m.

Holly Holtzen, Ph.D., Elizabeth G. Klein, Ph.D., M.P.H., Brittney Keller, and Alex Nelson

Nicole Iroz-Elardo, School of Community Health, Portland State University, Portland, OR



Poster session: Food Environment & Marketing

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013: 12:30–1:30 p.m.

Cynthia L. Stone, Dr.P.H., Sandra F. Cummings, M.S.W., Stephen J. Clarke, Ph.D., M.A., Susan Hancock, M.P.H., Andrea Homoya, M.P.H.candidate, and Neicole Young, M,.P.H. candidate

Poster session: Board 1


International, comparative, and human rights in public health law

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013: 1:00–1:15 p.m.

Michelle Miller, J.D., M.P.H.

Poster session: Topics in Health Planning

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013: 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Poster session: Board 2


Healthy communities by design: Interdisciplinary interventions for health promotion and sustainability

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2013: 2:30–2:50 p.m.

Peter James, M.H.S., Sc.D., Kate Ito, and Mariana Arcaya, M.C.P.


Poster session: Using environmental health research to support policy

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013: 8:30–9:30 a.m.

John Prochaska, Dr.P.H., M.P.H., Alexandra Nolen, Ph.D., M.P.H., Rob Buschmann, M.P.P., Elizabeth Fuller, Dr.P.H., Holly Avey, Ph.D., M.P.H., Deirdre Oakley, Ph.D., Erin Ruel, Ph.D., James E. Dills, M.U.P., M.P.H., Michelle Rushing, M.P.H., Poster session: Board 8


Poster session: Built environment and healthy communities

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013: 8:30–9:30 a.m.

Kate Ito, Peter James, M.H.S., Sc.D., Ben Wood, M.P.H., and Mariana Arcaya, M.C.P.

Poster session: Board 3


Promoting equity through the practice of health impact assessment

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013: 8:30–10 a.m.


Building blocks for evidence-based environmental policy

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013: 11:30–11:50 a.m.



Effective use of health impact initiatives

Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2013: 12:30–2 p.m.

Michele Polacsek, Ph.D., M.H.S., and Karen O'Rourke, M.P.H.

Allyson Auerbach, M.P.H., Laurie Stillman, M.M., Valerie Polletta, M.S., and Aleya Martin, M.P.H.