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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) provides decision-makers with information about how any policy, program or project may affect community health and wellbeing. The Oregon Public Health Division's Health Impact Assessment initiative focuses on building our collective capacity to evaluate the health effects of projects and policies, and to provide the information to decision makers.

Climate Smart Strategy HIA Final Report Released

In August 2014, Oregon Health Authority conducted a health impact assessment (HIA) on Phase 3 of Metro's Climate Smart Communities Scenarios Planning effort. 

  • The Climate Smart Strategy HIA - CSS HIA (pdf) is intended to provide for Metro and its partners health information and evidence-based recommendations to support the selection of a healthy final scenario by December of 2014.

In January 2013, OHA invited forty regional experts in land use planning, transportation planning, local governments, and public health to support the first of three related HIAs on Metro's planning work. These advisors provided feedback on the areas and methodologies of the most recent assessment, as well as initial findings and draft recommendations

Learn more about the NW HIA Network

The NW HIA Network is a diverse group of over 300 professionals from government agencies, nonprofit and advocacy groups, health care organizations, and private sector companies. We share a common interest in incorporating health into decision making. The Network meets four times a year to increase communication, encourage collaboration and build our collective capacity for HIA. Please join the listserv to share and receive information, and to be notified of upcoming HIA Network meetings.

*All meetings 9:30-11:00 a.m. Meeting locations TBD.

News and Events

  • August 2013- HIA stories from the field.

    OHA is a recipient of HIA Program funding from the Healthy Community Design Initiative in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Environmental Health. The CDC recently developed a series of case studies about recent HIA projects. You can read all of them, including one about OHA's Climate Smart Communities Scenarios HIA, at the CDC's website.
  • July 2013-Crook County Health Department wins NACCHO award for its "excellent use of the Health Impact Assessment process".

    Crook County, Oregon, one of the first recipients of OHA's small HIA grants, was honored by the National Association of County and City Health Officials as 2013's Small Health Department of the year for "developing and implementing a program that demonstrates exemplary and replicable qualities in response to a local health need." One of the projects within that program was an HIA on a local bike path, which encouraged ODOT to award funds to the rehabilitation of the bike path.
  • July 2013- Curry County Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative HIA on OPB's Think Out Loud radio.

    In December 2012, OHA awarded a small grant to Curry County's health department to conduct an HIA on the potential health impacts of the Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative. In March 2013, the project was designated an Oregon Solutions project. In late July 2013, Curry County partners got together to hear a presentation of the health findings and draft recommendations, and to sign a declaration of participation committing to assist with implementation of the program. Listen to OPB's Think Out Loud to hear Curry County staffer and HIA practitioner Annette Klinefelter talk about the health implications of aging manufactured units based on findings from the HIA and the pilot program that will replace 25 homes with new manufactured houses.