Health Impact Assessment (HIA) provides decision-makers with information about how any policy, program or project may affect the health of people. 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.
Wind HIA Final Report Released
The Strategic Health Impact Assessment on Wind Energy Development in Oregon describes the available scientific evidence and provides health-based recommendations in five key areas that could be affected by a wind energy development: noise, visual impacts, air pollution, economic effects and community conflict.
This report includes changes made in response to public comments received between Jan. 3, 2012, and March 20, 2012, on a draft version of the report. During the three-month comment period, OPHD received more than 1,000 pages of written comments and material.
The Wind Energy Health Impact Assessment, or HIA, is a tool to help government agencies, elected officials, community members and other stakeholders understand and respond to health-related questions about (future) wind energy developments in Oregon.
The goal is for decision-makers and stakeholders to use the report to integrate health considerations alongside the many other factors that go into siting plans and decisions for wind energy facilities.
The staff of the Oregon Public Health Division’s Health Impact Assessment Program would like to thank its many partners who contributed to the development and revision of the final Wind Energy HIA report.
Learn more about the Wind HIA and download the final report on the Wind Energy Facility Siting HIA webpage.
Climate Smart Communities Scenarios HIA Report Released
Oregon’s Health Impact Assessment program is teaming up with Metro and Oregon Department of Transportation to assess the potential health impacts of Metro’s Climate Smart Communities greenhouse gas reduction scenario planning.
Health impact assessment (HIA) provides decision-makers with information about how any policy, program, or project may affect the health of people. The Climate Smart Communities Scenarios HIA (CSCS HIA fact sheet) describes the health impacts of proposed carbon-reduction strategies to decision-makers, and ensures that the best health-promoting elements are included in the preferred scenario. Read a summary of the report here. For the full report and more information about the Climate Smart Scenarios, please visit the CSCS HIA webpage.
Learn more about the Oregon HIA Network
The Oregon HIA Network is a diverse group of over 250 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.
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.