Health Impact Assessment (HIA) identifies and evaluates the effects of policies, plans, programs, and designs on health. From awareness-raising, rapid-assessment methods to more data-intensive approaches, HIA comes in a variety of forms.
In general, traditional HIAs are led by public health experts, focused on the social environment (e.g., crime, economic development, affordable housing, etc.) and are linked to broad health outcomes. Design for Health (DFH) offers three HIA tools that target planners by focusing specifically on health issues related to urban and comprehensive planning. HIA may also be used as one tool for implementing Health in All Policies approaches.
- HIA Preliminary Checklist
- HIA Rapid Assessment
- HIA Threshold Analysis
- Communicating about Health Impacts (80 KB)
- Comprehensive Plan Review Checklists
- Participation and Planning for Health
- Health Data