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New projects bringing health considerations into education, energy policy, and other decisions
Date:4/1/2013

The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, today announced eight new grant recipients that will receive funding to conduct health impact assessments, or HIAs. The projects will bring health considerations into upcoming decisions on topics including education, sanitation infrastructure, and energy. The grantees were selected based on their response to a national call for proposals.

"Our new grantees will use health impact assessments to uncover opportunities to improve health in a wide range of policy decisions, as well as to identify and avoid potential unintended consequences," said Aaron Wernham, M.D., director of the Health Impact Project. "These eight HIAs are the latest in a fast-growing field, as more cities and states find them a useful way to bring health into decisions in other sectors."

By the end of 2007, there were 27 completed HIAs in the United States. There are now more than 225 completed or in progress, according to the Health Impact Project map of HIA activity in the United States.

Two additional foundations joined the call for proposals with funding to support more HIAs: the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation and The California Endowment.

The new grantees include:

  • An affiliated partnership of the Detroit Urban Research Center (D-HIA) will conduct an HIA to inform the implementation of the Detroit Future City: Detroit Strategic Framework Plan. Developed to address challenges associated with reduced population and revenues, the plan will guide decisions on economic growth, land use, city systems, and neighborhoods. A key strategy of the plan is to redistribute investments in city services and infrastructuresuch as street lighting, waste collection, roads, and blight reductiontoward more populated parts of Detroit. Greater investments in such areas may stabilize neighborhoods and improve safety, although re
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Contact: Alex Dery Snider
aderysnider@pewtrusts.org
202-540-6590
Pew Health Group
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