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  • Christopher Lepe
    Sorry folks, the first email I sent out didn t seem to include the text of the forwarded message. Here it is again. Chris **PLEASE FORWARD THIS ON TO OTHERS
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 30, 2008
      Sorry folks, the first email I sent out didn't seem to include the text of the forwarded message. Here it is again.


      Human Impact Partners, CCISCO and PODER invite you to participate in a
      Health Impact Assessment (HIA) training for community advocates.

      When: September 15th and 16th, 2008

      Where: Preservation Park, Oakland California

      Learn how to use HIA to increase the power of your advocacy

      Who should attend?
      This training is designed for community organizers, representatives of neighborhood organizations, community leaders, and worker advocates who are interested in using Health Impact Assessment in their advocacy efforts, but who do not have much experience with it.

      This two-day training will focus on Health Impact Assessment, and will use specific land use examples and exercises. Topics covered in the training include:
      · Connections between land use policies, plans or development projects and health
      · Issues that can be addressed by the HIA approach and health-related questions that activists could be asking to strengthen their advocacy efforts
      · Intervention points in the Land Use Planning process where HIA and/or other health-based tools can be inserted (for example, General and Specific Plans, EIR processes).
      · Advocacy strategies using HIA
      · “Doing HIA” -- processes, methods, data, resources, and results
      · 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 HIA as an advocacy tool.

      Space is limited, so please RSVP to Jennifer Lucky at jlucky@... as soon as possible (and before August 25, 2008). In the email, please include
      - your name
      - organization/affiliation
      - contact information, and
      - a few sentences about what you do and why you are interested in Health Impact Assessment.

      $85 per participant

      For more information contact Jennifer Lucky at jlucky@... or at 510-740-0143.


      What is Health Impact Assessment (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 affect 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 on health.

      HIA can:
      Ø improve local conditions, as well as health and well-being, by making health outcomes of proposed projects, plans and policies explicit, and by proposing feasible mitigations to negative impacts;
      Ø help decision makers to make more informed decisions;
      Ø increase awareness/understanding of health and its connections to public policy and the built environment;
      Ø support long-term, interactive community engagement and voice;
      Ø offer a transparent and comprehensive way to look at issues and trade-offs;
      Ø help build new, or strengthen existing stakeholder groups, relationships and partnerships among groups interested in improving health;
      Ø advance equity and justice.

      About Human Impact Partners (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 that people need in order 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.

      Thank you for passing this information along to other people who you think may be interested!

      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)

      Jennifer Lucky, M.P.H.
      Human Impact Partners
      274 14th Street
      Oakland, CA 94612
      ph: 510.740.0143
      fax: 510.808.0378

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