Health impact assessment in France

Jean Simos and Nicolas Prisse

in Health Impact Assessment

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199656011
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191748028 | DOI:
Health impact assessment in France

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The development of HIA in France may appear slower than elsewhere but its presence at the national, regional and local levels is now undeniable. HIA was introduced in France through two separate and independent levels, national and local community. This chapter analyses the different rationales and demands involved in these approaches. At a national level, the introduction of HIA is part of a wider process of impact assessments in support of legislation. At a local community level, it is more about urban planning and health, mainly linked with the healthy cities framework. For both levels, HIA is promoted as a tool to help reduce health inequalities. The new administrative arrangements with the creation of Regional Health Agencies gives new perspectives and opportunities for HIA implementation at the regional level.

Keywords: France; regions; health promotion; citizen’s participation; healthy cities; health inequalities

Chapter.  2424 words. 

Subjects: Public Health and Epidemiology

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