“Virtually everything in our built environment is the way it is because someone designed it that way. We now realize that how we design the built environment may hold tremendous potential for addressing many of the nations’ greatest current public health concerns, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, asthma, injury, depression, violence, and social injustice.”
~ Richard Jackson, MD, MPH
The world around us affects our health beyond the reach of personal lifestyle choices. But how can we determine what is healthiest for the community and the people in it? The Health and the Built Environment (Health Impact Assessment) process is one of the foremost tools used to plan for healthy, sustainable communities. Used around the world, it promotes and assesses environmental effects upon physical and mental health. With land use policies, designs and plans influencing individual and community health, it is more important than ever to strengthen the relationship between planning and public health.
Presentations for this training were developed in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), National Association of City and County Health Officials (NACCHO), and American Planning Association (APA).
Day 1 (May 17) Training - The following presentations introduce the Health Impact Assessment process to professionals from health, environment, planning and development fields:
Day 2 (May 18) Training - This training was a smaller training for teams from specific municipalities within the Metro Denver Area. These teams are challenged to take the information from the training and determine how health considerations can be integrated into their planning processes. The following presentation reviews the steps within an HIA in more depth:
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