Using Health Impact Assessments to Connect Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety and Health

Jul 24, 2012


Health impact assessments are a valuable tool for estimating the health impact of various projects and policies.

This webinar explores what health impact assessments are and how they can be used to connect bicycle and pedestrian safety and health. Bethany Rogerson, senior associate for the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Pew Charitable Trusts, provides an overview of HIA programs and how they can add value to a decision-making process.

Her presentation is followed by two case studies of how HIAs were successfully used. Brendan Haggerty, a planner within Clark County, Wash. Public Health Department, discusses how HIAs were used in the Clark County Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan in 2010 and the lessons learned from that process. The county’s HIA was recognized as a model practice by the National Association of County and City Health Officials and won the 2012 Translating Research to Policy Award from Active Living Research.

Finally Jim Skoog, Community Health Specialist with St. Louis County Public Health and Human Services in NE Minnesota, and Ellen Pillsbury, Senior Planner with the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission (ARDC) Regional Planning Division, discuss how HIAs have been used within St.Louis County.

This webinar is part of the PBIC's Liveable Communities webinar series and is being presented in conjunction with the American Public Health Association.



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