About this Toolkit
The Harris County Public Health HIA Toolkit, developed by the Harris County Public Health (HCPH) Built Environment and Health Impact Assessment (BE-HIA) Unit,
aims to serve as a guide for organizations in the Texas Gulf Coast region looking to gain knowledge and understanding of Health Impact Assessment (HIA). It outlines key regional and national resources for conducting HIA, especially in the built environment context. Additional Health in All Policies (HiAP) resources are also included in this toolkit.
Public health practitioners, public officials, community-based organizations, urban or environmental planners, and advocacy groups – all may find the HIA process to be an impactful method of bringing a health lens to decisions concerning plans or new developments. With health equity as a key value of HIA and community engagement a cornerstone, the process works to bring populations most adversely affected by changes to our built environment to the forefront. To learn more about health equity and the work HCPH is doing, visit the Health Equity Page.
Using this Toolkit
This guide is broken into four main sections:
- Health Impact Assessment and Health in All Policies
- HIA Case Studies
- Methods, Tools, and Resources
- National and Regional Data Sources