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Healthy Community Design Initiative: Recent Accomplishments

Health Impact Assessment (HIA)

  • Established HIA capacity-building pilot programs on the local and state levels in:
    • Oregon
    • California
    • Minnesota
    • Wisconsin
    • Overall accomplishments
      • From 2006 to 2012, provided funding to help support the completion of 40 HIAs - nearly 1/3 of all HIAs completed in the U.S. to date.
      • Funded six local, county, and state entities to conduct at least three HIAs a year between 2011 and 2014.
      • Trained 500 health and planning professionals to conduct HIAs.
      • Established state-level data resources for conducting HIAs.
  • Developed HIA online training course with the American Planning Association and the National Association of City and County Health Officials ( As of Oct 26, 2010,

    • 2,205 professionals from planning, public health, and associated fields completed the exit survey.
    • 95% stated that content met or exceeded expectations.

  • Published peer-reviewed study of 27 HIAs completed in the United States from 1999 to 2007 (
    AJPM_HIAcasestudies_March2008.pdf [PDF - 411 KB]

  • Partnered with Pew Charitable Trust/Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Health Impact Project ( and other organizations involved with HIA to ensure non-duplication of HIA outreach efforts and to bring public health expertise to HIA tracking, tool development, and evaluation of HIA impacts.

  • Partnered with Pew Charitable Trust to identify all HIAs conducted in the United States and develop an evaluation strategy to assess the health impact results of HIAs. HCDI has identified more than 160 HIAs that have been completed or are in progress as of December 2010.

  • Led the HIA component of the HHS/HUD Livable Homes and Communities Collaboration.
  • Sponsored the Institute of Medicine report Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment.

  • Participated in the development of the North American Standards for HIA.
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