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Data Resources for HIA


Join Now: HIA Community of Practice (CoP)

As a way to enhance and exchange collaborative information, the HIA Community of Practice (CoP) was launched to connect practitioners, researchers, policymakers, funding foundations, professional organizations, and others promoting the practice of HIA. This exchange is facilitated by phConnect ( an online collaboration tool built to support geographically dispersed professionals working in the field of public health.

Review this HIA CoP introduction to learn about the benefits of joining the community and instructions for how.


Scientific Evidence for HIA



Human Impact Partners maintains a searchable database of scientific journal articles applicable to common HIA topics, such as transportation, land use, housing, and parks. These articles can be used to support predictions about the health impacts of projects and policies.
Completed HIAs that include a list of references at the end are a great source for evidence linking projects to health.


General Data Resources



HIA Data Resources: A compilation of data sources and tools useful for the screening, scoping and assessment steps.
Kaiser State Health Facts:  Provides state profiles on demographic, economic, health status, health care costs and access, insurance coverage, and minority health.
National Association of Planning Councils Social Indicators: This website provides data on health and social conditions in the 100 largest metropolitan areas in the country, and profiles initiatives and interventions to address them.


US Census Bureau:  The go-to place for demographic data in the United States. The American Fact Finder is a good starting place to search for census data by location or topic.
Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce: A clearinghouse of websites, data resources, trainings and grant opportunities for public health.


Oregon Data Resources



Oregon Environmental Public Health Tracking (Oregon EPHT): Oregon EPHT collects data and information about environmental hazards, exposures, and health outcomes. Currently, the website has a searchable database with data on air and water quality, childhood blood lead, asthma and heart attack hospitalizations, and birth outcomes.


Oregon Rural Communities Explorer:  An excellent “one-stop shop” for finding data on local communities in Oregon. The Oregon Explorer allows you to choose a geographic area (down to census tract level), and provides recent data on demographic, social, economic, health and environment indicators. This website is easy to navigate, and provides information that might be most useful in the screening and assessment steps.


University of Oregon GIS Resources: A repository of GIS Resources in Oregon, including maps and shape files. Also links to county, city, and regional governments, many of which provide interactive maps and shape files related to land use and zoning.


Oregon Progress Board: The Oregon Progress Board collects data on key benchmarks related to Oregon’s economy, education, civic engagement, social support, public safety, community development, and environment. This website as a benchmark report generator, which allows you to view data on selected indicators.


Directory of Local Health Departments: This directory provides links to contact information and websites for county health departments in Oregon. 


Oregon Center for Health Statistics: A repository for data reports on Oregon vital statistics, as well as publications on health in special populations and topics.


Portland State University Population Research Center: The Population Research Center produces an annual report on population statistics and projections for Oregon, enrollment projections for school districts, and other demographic information for Oregon.


Community Health Priorities: A clearinghouse for health data in Oregon.


The Data for Local Communities project aims to gather in one place the highest quality web-based information about cities, counties, natural areas, and other regions in Washington and Oregon. This resource is intended to support the work and interests of the local governments, educators, students, business people, researchers, libraries, and citizens of the Pacific Northwest.


Big Look Task Force: Information about the land use planning system in Oregon, and reports and recommendations from the task force charged with making recommendations to ensure that the state's land use system does its part in protecting Oregon’s environment and natural beauty, while also building an economy that is prosperous for citizens and communities.


University of Oregon Oregon Data Bank
This page provides access to selected statistical data and other information sources about the state and its communities.


Other Resources



A CDC website that provides a “snapshot” of information, searchable by zip code. Developed for emergency preparedness, but could be useful for a quick assessment.
Geographic Data:  “One stop for federal, state, and local geographic data.”
Lowell Center Chemicals Policy Initiative: A searchable database for local, state, and national policies related to chemicals policy.


Data Analysis Tools



The San Francisco Department of Public Health has been developing tools to assist HIA practitioners with research methods. These include the Pedestrian Environmental Quality Index (PEQI), noise and air quality modeling, and the Healthy Development Measurement Tool (HDMT).