L/SFR Sneak Peek: Health Impact Assessments

April 5, 2011 | By Guest Contributor | Post a Comment

(This article is excerpted from an upcoming issue of Thompson’s Local/State Funding Report. The story was written by contributing writer Erika Fitzpatrick.) What impact will government plans to build a new road, construct a new subway line or site a new coal plant have on community health?

According to the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, health impact assessments (HIAs) are an effective method to help state, local and tribal agencies answer such public policy questions. To that end, the foundation has teamed up with The Pew Charitable Trusts to offer a second round of HIA grants ranging from $25,000 to $125,000 for eight demonstration projects.

The goal of the Health Impact Project: Advancing Smarter Policies for Healthier Communities program is to encourage policy-makers to recognize the effectiveness of HIAs and incorporate them into local, state, tribal and federal decisions.

Stay tuned for other “Sneak Peeks” into upcoming stories from the Local/State Funding Report. Subscribers: check your next issue for the full story on HIA funding.

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