Webinar: Integrating Health Impact Assessments via Environmental Policy Acts
Thursday, January 19
According to the American Planning Association, health impact assessments (HIAs) “bring together scientific data, health expertise, and public input to understand how a proposed plan, policy, program, project, or action could affect the public’s health.” HIAs can provide decision-makers with critical information to identify project alternatives or potential mitigation measures, broader effects on the environment and community, and potential overall health impacts.
In a dual stage effort funded by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Network for Public Health Law collaborated with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers to explore and analyze opportunities to imbed health considerations and HIAs into environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act and related state environmental policy acts. These laws require various levels of advance, comprehensive environmental reviews for major public (and some private) projects or actions in affected jurisdictions that may significantly impact the human environment. They apply to multiple federal, state, tribal, and local governmental agencies and often entail conducting extensive assessments designed, in part, to protect human health.
Presented by project lead investigators, this webinar examines how HIAs and related health impacts may “legally fit” with environmental reviews as explained in the Network for Public Health Law's legal report highlighting 10 opportunities to incorporate health considerations.