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HIA Partners and Links

Oregon HIA Network Partners

Multnomah County Health Department
Contacts: Maya Bhat
The Multnomah County Health Department’s Health Assessment and Evaluation Program is expanding its capacity to assess the public health impacts of the built environment. Efforts will include institutionalizing a process for conducting health impact assessments on specific projects, engaging agencies with primary responsibility for transportation and urban planning decisions to encourage the examination of health impacts associated with these decisions, and to provide data land use factors that have a significant influence on health. Multnomah County Health Department led the analysis for the Columbia River Crossing HIA in 2008.

Clark County Public Health
Email Contacts: Jonnie Hyde, David Heal, Brendon Haggerty

Clark County Public Health partners with Community Planning and other agencies to conduct Health Impact Assessments on various plans, policies, and projects. Current and past projects include HIAs on the Highway 99 Subarea Plan, the Salmon Creek Subarea Plan, and the Clark County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan.

Oregon Public Health Institute
Contact: Noelle Dobson, Steve White
Established in 1999, Oregon Public Health Institute – formerly known as Community Health Partnership-- works on projects that identify and address population-based issues of current public health significance. As its first strategic focus, the OPHI Board identified Prevention of Youth Obesity. To effectively address this epidemic, OPHI’s goals are to increase public awareness of the serious health consequences of being overweight and to assist communities in the development of effective nutrition and physical activity policies and activities. OPHI has been instrumental in organizing the HIA Network, and is currently conducting HIA work around transportation and climate change.
Portland State University
Contacts: Ellen Bassett, Vivek Shandas

Portland State University School of Community Health and School of Urban Studies and Planning are partnering to incorporate HIA into research activities and course curriculums.

Northwest Health Foundation
Contact: Chris Kabel
Northwest Health Foundation funds and contributes to HIA work in the Portland Metro area. NHF also works to support health-related work at the government level, recently establishing National Transportation Objectives, which would include HIAs on major projects. 

Portland Development Commission
Email Contact: Justin Douglas

The Portland Development Commission looks to be a catalyst for positive change and inspire economic prosperity, quality housing, and employment opportunities for all in Portland. More information on the PDC can be found on its website.

Coalition for a Livable Future
Coalition for a Livable Future developed the HIA Mentor Program, which aims to provide technical assistance and support to organizations interested in doing a HIA or using the HIA methodology to support a project. Mentors are volunteers who have received HIA training from Human Impact Partners, one of the nation's top HIA trainers, and have committed to using their training to support efforts to improve community health.

Contact: Kathryn Sofich
Metro is the elected regional government for Multnomah County, Washington County and Clackamas County and works to make the region an exceptional place to live, work and play. Metro currently contributes to HIA work as a collaborator and offers transportation and land use planning expertise. 

Upstream Public Health
Contact: Tia Henderson, Mel Rader
Upstream Public Health promotes the health of all Oregonians by advocating straightforward, doable policies that create communities where people can thrive. The do so by looking at the scientific, social, political, cultural, and economic factors that influence our well being - and using that information to find the best broad-based preventive solutions for the most pressing health issues of our time. Upstream Public Health is currently working on a Health Impact Assessment of the 2011 Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Policy, which is expected to be completed in March 2011. Previous HIAs include:

  • Transportation Policies in the Eugene Climate and Energy Action Plan August 2010
  • Vehicle Miles Traveled HIA completed in May 2009
  • Columbia River Crossing HIA completed June 2009

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Kaiser Permanente
Contact: Molly Haynes
Kaiser Permanente is tracking health and disease patterns with our membership in Oregon and SW Washington.

Oregon Transportation Research and Education Consortium (OTREC)
Contact: John MacArthur
OTREC is a national University Transportation Center and a partnership between Portland State University, the University of Oregon, Oregon State University and the Oregon Institute of Technology. We sponsor the research and education needed to meet the sustainable transportation needs of Oregon, the Northwest and the nation and encourage transportation leaders to put research results to use.

Oregon Public Health Division Partners

Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention, Center for Prevention and Health Promotion
Email Contact: Kirsten Aird
The Health Promotion and Chronic Disease Prevention Program monitors the occurrence of chronic diseases, deaths, health behaviors, and community conditions that support healthy lifestyles. Collaboration with state and local partners facilitates development and implementation of effective programs to decrease the impact of long-term, chronic illnesses on Oregonians. Read more about specific program areas.