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Date:4/1/2013

duction of services in high-vacancy areas creates potential challenges for remaining residents. The HIA will examine the plan's impact on issues such as neighborhood stability and social support systems, financial security, environmental conditions, and public safety, and it will make recommendations to protect and improve residents' health.

  • Human Impact Partners, a national nonprofit, will conduct an HIA to inform the Minnesota legislature's consideration of a state education task force's recommendations to address school integration and improve education outcomes for students of color. In partnership with ISAIAH, a faith-based organization in St. Paul, the HIA will examine how school integration affects both academic achievement and cross-race understanding and how those, in turn, influence health issues such as lifespan, chronic disease, and mental health. The process, findings, and recommendations will help ensure that these issues are factored into the legislature's decisions. This project is supported by funding from the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation.

  • An HIA by the Kentucky Environmental Foundation, in collaboration with the Purchase District Health Department, will examine the potential health benefits and risks of the retrofit or retirement of the Shawnee coal plant in Paducah, KY, operated by the Tennessee Valley Authority. The HIA will analyze environmental health concerns associated with air and water pollution from the plant and the effects of its closure on community employment, individual income, and revenue for local services important to health. The HIA will also factor in a separate but related issue: whether the U.S. Department of Energy will renew a contract with a nearby uranium enrichment plant that depends on power from the coal plant.

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine will provide information to policymakers in Puerto Rico on their decision whether to finance a comprehensive developmen
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  • Contact: Alex Dery Snider
    aderysnider@pewtrusts.org
    202-540-6590
    Pew Health Group
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