Linking health and planning requires learning about (at least) two areas. Public health folks are often confused about planning and planners have a lot to learn about health. There are a number of useful web sites and below I list just a few free guides that can lead you through the maze.
|Healthy Urban Development Checklist|
- The Healthy Urban Development Checklist: A Guide for Health Services when Commenting on Development Policies, Plans and Proposals introduces public health folks to planning. Developed by the NSW Department of Health in Australia, it will be useful in many other locations. It takes a little while to load but once it’s on screen it provides a useful introduction to health issues and the planning system. It covers a typical range of issues including food, physical activity, housing, transport employment, community safety, open space, social infrastructure, social cohesion, environment, and specific development contexts such as infill.
- Delivering Healthier Communities in London was developed for the National Health Service London Healthy Development Unit in 2007. Also a bit slow to load, it is organized around key health issues–mental health, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, excessive heat and cold, and injuries. It links each of these the environmental factors.
- The Design for Health web site comes from the other direction, aimed at informing planners about health. Its health impact assessment tools draw on research summaries and can feed into planning actions. Topics are rather similar to the Healthy Urban Development Checklist (above).
>How health impact assessment can make a difference is an issue of some interest at present. For those wanting to explore HIA online, several major clearinghouses provide a wealth of information from legislative updates to workbooks.
- Centers for Disease Control HIA Resources: http://www.cdc.gov/healthyplaces/hia.htm
This page is a useful index of major sources and an easy place to start.
- Health Impact Assessment Clearing House Learning and Information Center—HIA-CLIC at UCLA: http://www.hiaguide.org/
This terrific site had a wonderful training section with lots of resources: http://www.hiaguide.org/training/training-guides. They also have a section tracking legislation in the U.S.
- HIA Connect in Australia: http://www.hiaconnect.edu.au/index.htm
The HIA Practical Guide by HIA Connect, downloadable from this page, is a fairly short and very clear guide to HIA. HIA Connect also has an active eNews service.
- HIA Gateway, UK: http://www.apho.org.uk/default.aspx?QN=P_HIA
One of the best listing of HIAs around the world with a good advanced search feature that allows you to search by keyword, date, and geography: http://www.apho.org.uk/resource/advanced.aspx.
- Human Impact Partners, Oakland: http://www.humanimpact.org/
I particularly like their tools and resources section which includes a number of guides and worksheets: http://www.humanimpact.org/hips-hia-tools-and-resources. Be sure to scroll down the page.
- RWJF/Pew Health Impact Project: http://www.healthimpactproject.org/hia?id=0007
This is a fairly new project and their web site is evolving. Their news section is a useful part of the site: http://www.healthimpactproject.org/news.
- World Health Organization HIA: http://www.who.int/hia/en/
Determinants of health from .
Originally G. Dahgren (1995) European Health Policy Conference
Providing an international perspective this web site has a particularly strong section on HIA examples, classified by sector: http://www.who.int/hia/ examples/en/.
For more information about HIA go to the Design for Health web site at http://www.designforhealth.net/ resources/healthimpact.html.