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3465Health Impact Assessment Training

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  • Christopher Lepe
    Mar 10, 2008
      Human Impact Partners invites you to participate in a training on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for community advocates on April 21 and 22 in Oakland , California .  Come learn how to use HIA to increase the power of your advocacy.
      Who should attend?
      This training will be for community organizers, representatives of neighborhood organizations, community leaders, and worker advocates who are interested in using HIA in their advocacy, but who do not have much experience with it. (As an aside, this summer, the San Francisco Department of Public Health will probably be hosting a training on HIA for people who want to learn how to carry out HIA analyses.  That training will be more technically focused.)
      This two day training will cover Health Impact Assessment in general, but will use Land Use examples and exercises specifically.  We will cover the following topics:
      o      Connections between land use policies, plans or development projects and health
      o      Issues that can be addressed by the HIA approach and health-related questions that activists could be asking
      o      Intervention points in the land use planning process where HIA and/or other health-based tools can be inserted (e.g., within the General Plan, Specific Plan, or EIR processes).
      o      Advocacy strategies using HIA
      o      “Doing HIA” -- processes, methods, data, resources, and results
      o      Working with additional stakeholders including public health agencies, planners, developers, and elected officials
      We will be doing extensive hands-on exercises to get people familiar with how to be part of conducting HIAs and how to use HIAs as an advocacy tool.
      Space is limited, so please RSVP to Jonathan Heller at jch@... as soon as possible and before April 1, 2008.  Please include your name, affiliation, contact information and a few sentences about what you do and why you are interested in Health Impact Assessment.
      Participants are being asked to contribute $85 to cover the costs of food (lunch and snacks) and the facility.  
      Additional details regarding the exact location and times will follow.  We expect the training to take place in Oakland and to run from approximately 10am to 5pm on Monday April 21 and 9am to 4pm on Tuesday April 22.
      For more information contact Jonathan at jch@... or at 510 740 0143.
      What is HIA?
      HIA is a set of methods and tools that can be used to judge the potential health effects of a policy or project and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA aims to make decisions accountable for their effects on health, where health is defined broadly as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.  HIA brings together evidence for decision-makers to understand how public decisions on projects, plans, or policies effect health, positively or negatively.  HIA also offers recommendations to enhance the positive health impacts of policy-making and development projects and to eliminate, reduce, or mitigate negative impacts.
      HIA can:
      ØØ    improve local conditions, as well as health and wellbeing, by making health outcomes of proposed projects, plans and policies explicit and by proposing feasible mitigations to negative impacts;
      ØØ    help decision makers make more informed decisions;
      ØØ    increase awareness/understanding of health and its connections to public policy and to the built environment;
      ØØ    support long-term, interactive community engagement and voice;
      ØØ    offer a transparent and comprehensive way to look at issues and trade-offs;
      ØØ    help build new or strengthen existing stakeholder groups, relationships and partnerships among groups interested in improving health;
      ØØ    advance equity and justice.
      About HIP
      HIP believes that health should be considered in all decision making.  We raise awareness of and collaboratively use innovative data, processes and tools that evaluate health impacts and inequities in order to transform the policies, institutions and places people need to live healthy lives.  Through training and mentorship we also build the capacity of impacted communities and their advocates, workers, public agencies, and elected officials to conduct health-based analyses and use them to take action.
      Jonathan Heller
      Project Director
      Human Impact Partners
      274 14th Street, Oakland CA 94612
      510 740 0143 (o)
      510 684 1794 (c)
      510 808 0378 (f)

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