The Health Impact Project collaborates with the organizations and individuals shown below on various projects to promote and support the use of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) in the United States.
Human Impact Partners, a nonprofit organization dedicated to building organizational capacity to conduct HIAs, is a leader in the field. Human Impact Partners is providing training and technical assistance for a number of the Health Impact Project’s grantees. In collaboration with the Health Impact Project, Human Impact Partners designs customized support programs for each grantee that include on-site trainings, site visits, ongoing technical support and mentoring.
Habitat Health Impact Consulting is a Canadian firm with considerable experience in HIA of natural resource development projects such as oil and gas development, mining and sustainable energy projects. Habitat provided support for the Colorado School of Public Health and Garfield County Public Health Department, to enable them to complete an HIA of proposed gas development near a small town in Garfield County, Colorado. The HIA was requested and funded by the Garfield County Board of Commissioners. The Health Impact Project supported this important effort through a contract with Habitat.
Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
The University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Public Health was one of the early innovators in the field of HIA in the United States and has conducted numerous HIAs and trainings. The Health Impact Project is currently funding UCLA to undertake two HIAs and to provide training and technical assistance to other local health departments seeking to use HIA in their work, in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health.
CQGRD is an internationally recognized applied research center that brings a focus on health and sustainability to urban planning and development decision making. Thee Center’s work is lead by Professor Catherine Ross, Ph.D.. CQGRD is one of the early leaders in HIA in the United States. The Health Impact Project is funding CQGRD to undertake two HIAs, and to develop effective training and outreach materials to help policy makers and others appreciate the links between land use and health.
Professor Pollack, a faculty member with the Department of Health Policy and Management at JHSPH, is beginning a research program that will focus on the application of HIA to public policy decisions. The Health Impact Project is collaborating with Professor Pollack, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the San Francisco Department of Public Health on research that aims to assess the outcomes of HIAs completed to date in the U.S.
The Health Impact Project is collaborating with Arthur Wendel, M.D. MPH (National Center for Environmental Health) and Candace Rutt, Ph.D. (National Center for Chronic Disease Control and Prevention) at the CDC on research that aims to assess the outcomes of HIAs completed to date in the U.S.