Do you need HIA?
HIA is best utilized when a specific decision is being made. It serves to inform decision makers on the potential health impacts of the policy, plan, or project. Additional screening tools can be found at the UCLA HIA Clearinghouse Learning & Information Center
Why Conduct HIA?
HIA has a multitude of benefits beyond informing decision makers with a rigorous, data-driven assessment of health-related impacts. For Harris County Public Health, HIA process helps accomplish a number of goals:
- Develops a deep understanding of health issues from local knowledge and expert opinions
- Establishes networks and pathways to better mobilize stakeholders (e.g., community-based organizations and local government) and community members around collective actions to address common barriers to healthy communities
- Effects change with upstream health issues (social determinants of health) in order to impact long-term population health outcomes