Health impact assessment in the island of Ireland

Owen Metcalfe, Claire Higgins and Teresa Lavin

in Health Impact Assessment

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656011
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748028 | DOI:
Health impact assessment in the island of Ireland

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This chapter considers the development of HIA on the island of Ireland over a 10 year period. While not a statutory requirement in either jurisdiction, HIA has received some support across national and local government as a decision-support tool to enhance healthy public policy. New public health frameworks in both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in 2012 have the potential to embed HIA so that a more systematic approach can replace the current ad-hoc approach to its application. The Institute of Public Health in Ireland has played a key role in building capacity for HIA and supporting HIAs in practice. A case study is provided which examines how HIA was used to add a health and health inequalities lens to a cross-border programme of work on developing community gardens.

Keywords: Republic of Ireland; Northern Ireland; cross-border; decision support tool; local government; integrated impact assessment

Chapter.  2424 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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