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Making health impact assessment happen

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/9780199656011.003.0011
Making health impact assessment happen

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There are many situations where HIA would be useful but is not used. At the moment there is no readily available pool of trained manpower to do HIA. The skills needed for HIA are not exclusively found in public health experts and more training capacity for HIA would be helpful. There is no accreditation system for HIA practitioners and no clear mechanism for paying for HIA. Many have suggested that HIA should be mandatory for some proposals but until there is more HIA capacity and understanding this is unlikely to be successful. In order to promote HIA there needs to be improvements in its practice, and an increase in the number of people willing and able to undertake it. Further decision makers need to be made more aware of the benefits of using HIA and more convinced of its value.

Keywords: HIA practitioners; skills for HIA; training for HIA; networks; accreditation; paying for HIA; governance; making HIA mandatory; future development of HIA

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Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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