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Health impact assessment of policy

John Kemm

in Health Impact Assessment

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656011
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748028 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199656011.003.0008
Health impact assessment of policy

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The chapter explains that HIA of policy differs from HIA of projects and programmes. It describes the different levels of policy making and the overlap of policy with projects and programmes. It introduces “Health in All Policies” and explains how HIA can support it. Policy maker’s expectations of HIA are discussed. The problems posed by following HIA values of openness and participation in the context of national policy making are discussed. The impact assessment processes used in policy making in England and the European Union are described. Simsmoke a model for the effect of policies on smoking is given as one of the few examples where modelling can currently be applied to policy making.

Keywords: policy; health in all policies; confidentiality; participation; integrated impact assessment in England; integrated impact assessment in European Union; simsmoke (a smoking policy model)

Chapter.  3180 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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