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Oregon State-led HIAs

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

Health Impacts of Metro's Climate Smart Communities (2012-2013)

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 HIA 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.

Geographic area/location: Portland metropolitan area
Current Stage of Development: Reporting Completed April 2013
Sponsor: Oregon Health Authority, Office of Environmental Public Health

Wind Energy Siting (2010-2013)
The Oregon Public Health Division spent the last year responding to questions from the Oregon Department of Energy (ODOE), local health departments, and community members in Eastern Oregon about the potential health impacts of wind energy facilities on Oregon communities. The Wind Energy Health Impact Assessment is a tool to help community members, elected officials and ODOE understand and respond to health-related questions about wind energy developments in Oregon. This initial HIA on wind energy is not focused on a specific facility or community. Rather, it focuses more broadly on what is currently known about the health impacts from wind farms, and the policies and standards used to site wind facilities in Oregon.

Geographic area/location: Oregon
Current Stage of Development: Reporting Completed March 2013
Sponsor: Oregon Health Authority, Office of Environmental Public Health

School Biomass Boilers (2010)

School districts around Oregon have recently been given the opportunity to convert their current heating system to biomass boilers that burn wood chips or pellets. There is some concern about the health effects of this new type of fuel, as the air emissions have not been studied. This HIA examined the health impacts of converting to biomass boilers on students, teachers and neighbors around Oregon schools. DEQ amended their program according to the HIA's recommendation.

Geographic area/location: Statewide
Current Stage of Development: Reporting completed through community meeting
Sponsor: Oregon Health Authority, Office of Environmental Public Health

Oregon State-funded HIAs

Curry County Housing Stock Upgrade Initiative (2013)


Curry County along the southern coast of Oregon has extremely high levels of poverty, and a higher than state average percentage of the population is over 65. Approximately one third of Curry County residents live in manufactured housing, and the county tax assessor has found that as many as 40% of those units are substandard. The state of Oregon has historically provided financing assistance to homes in need of repair, and would not provide funds to homes in need of replacement. As a result of the HIA, almost 3000 members of Curry County may be eligible for financial assistance to recycle their current manufactured home and replace it with a new unit. This will support aging in place by reducing risk of falls and fire, as well as reducing costs associated with maintenance, heating, and electricity.

Summary here

Report here

Benton County HIA: Roundabouts (2012)

The Benton County Health Department conducted an HIA on the potential implementation of a modern roundabout at the intersection of West Hills Road and 53rd in Corvallis, OR. The assessment generated a list of broad health impacts on safety, the environment, and quality of life and ultimately recommended that a single-lane roundabout be installed with certain features essential in order to maximize health for all users.

Geographic area/location: Benton County, City of Corvallis
Current Stage of Development: Reporting completed
Sponsor: Benton County Health Department

Washington County Bicycle & Pedestrian Facility Design HIA

This assessment was conducted to better understand community motivation for bicycle and pedestrian usuage in an effort to improve access to active transportation opportunities for all county residents. Key findings and recommendations from this HIA encourage the County's decision makers to adopt designs that increase safety, bicycle ridership, and attract new bicyclists.

Geographic area/location: Washington County
Current Stage of Development: Reporting completed
Sponsor:  Washington County Health and Human Services

Hood River County's Barrett Park Property HIA (2011)

In 2007, the Hood River Valley Parks and Recreation District bought a 30-acre former orchard property on Barrett Drive in Hood River, Oregon with the intention of developing it into land for recreational purposes. The HIA investigated the potential health impacts of turning the land into a community park with open play fields, trails, and community gardens and made a series of recommendations to improve access to the park, meet existing health and recreation needs, and protect park users from potential contamination.

Geographic area/location: Hood River County
Current Stage of Development: Monitoring and Evaluation
Sponsor: Hood River County Public Health 

Crook County's Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety HIA (2011)

Geographic area/location: Crook County
Current Stage of Development: Monitoring and Evaluation
Sponsor: Crook County Public Health

Deschutes County's HIA on a chapter of the Deschutes County Comprehensive Plan 2010-2030 (2010)
This HIA focused on Deschutes County's transportation and land-use planning, specifically traffic safety, opportunities for active transport and open spaces/parks, within the unincorporated community of Tumalo.

Geographic area/location: Tumalo, Deschutes County 
Current Stage of Development: Monitoring and Evaluation
Sponsor: Deschutes County Public Health; Deschutes County Planning

Benton County HIA on Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs)  (2010)
The assessment provided insight into the county-wide debate concerning whether or not to amend county code to allow ADUs on rural lands in Benton County.  ADUs are small, self-contained, residential units built on the same lot as and secondary to an existing single-family home.  Benton County formerly prohibited all rural residents from building ADUs on their properties, but residents in incorporated parts of the county were allowed to build them. As a result of this HIA, Benton County's code was amended to allow ADUs.

Geographic area/location: Benton County
Current Stage of Development: Monitoring and Evaluation
Sponsor: Benton County Public Health 

Other Oregon HIAs

HIA in the United States

Visit Health Impact Project's website for an up-to-date list of HIAs in the U.S. We like to stay up-to-date with regional HIA's. If you know of one not on our list, please let us know.