Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) are a tool to assist decision-makers in assessing proposed policies and projects. An HIA brings together scientific data, health expertise, and public input to help craft policy recommendations and enhance the planning process to minimize risk and capitalize on opportunities to improve health.
About the HIA Program Tri-County Health Department was recently awarded an HIA Program Grant through the Health Impact Project - a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, and Kaiser Permanente Colorado - to conduct two new HIAs and to develop an HIA Program that will build capacity for future development of HIAs in the Denver Metro Region.
HIA in Land Use Planning
There are a number of reasons to use an HIA to evaluate a policy, program or community plan.
HIA assist decision-makers during the plan adoption process
HIA can help articulate the potential risks and benefits that a plans' strategies can have on a community's health
HIA bring data and evidence-based research to the decision-makers to help in the process
HIA can highlight the health inequities in a community and promote the needs of vulnerable populations
HIA can increase opportunities for engaging the community in the planning process
Tri-County is currently working with Adams County Planning and Development to conduct an HIA on the Federal Boulevard Framework Plan.