Health Impact Assessment Training Next Wednesday, January 9

The Georgia Health Policy Center invites you to attend a one-day training on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for local government and public health agencies in the Atlanta area. The training will prepare participants to work towards completing the Atlanta Regional Commission PLAN 2040 Excellence Standard regarding HIA and connect public health and planning collaborators to create healthy places.

Key Information:

  • Date:
    Wednesday, January 9, 2013
    8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Location:
    Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, Georgia State University
    14 Marietta St., 7th Floor
    Atlanta, GA 30303
  • Registration:
    Please fill out the online registration form.
  • AICP Credit: Pending

Additional Information:

HIA is a tool used to increase the consideration of health in planning and other important policy decisions. HIA supports Atlanta Regional Commission’s PLAN 2040 goal of encouraging healthy communities and the corresponding local performance standards for fostering a healthy, educated, well-trained, safe, and secure population. Interest in HIA as a planning tool has been growing rapidly in Georgia, as local communities seek to address challenges such as childhood obesity, traffic safety, or the needs of elderly citizens.

Who should attend:

  • This training is targeted toward Metro Atlanta local governments wishing to qualify for planning excellence standard 2.G: ‘Develop a process to conduct health impacts assessments (HIA) to evaluate government plans or programs (such as comprehensive plans or transportation plans), large-scale developments (including DRIs), and other related projects that may impact community health.’
  • Jurisdictions and regional agencies outside of the Atlanta region that are interested in HIA as a tool to build healthy, lifelong communities and livability into their comprehensive planning process.
  • Georgia public health districts in the Atlanta region.

Directions: See directions to the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, parking information, etc.

Questions: Contact Michelle Rushing at or (404) 413-0282.

More about HIA:

HIA is defined as a combination of procedures, methods, and tools by which a policy, program, or project may be judged as to its potential effects on the health of a population, and the distribution of those effects within the population*. Using the established process and methods, the GHPC facilitates HIA training sessions, engages in HIA for communities, and makes recommendations based on the findings. Our staff members serve in leadership positions in the field of HIA including the revision of the Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for Health Impact Assessment and the development of a new Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA), the first professional association for HIA practitioners in North America.

Read more about the GHPC’s work in the field of HIA.

The GHPC, housed within Georgia State University’s Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, provides evidence-based research, program development, and policy guidance. We work locally, statewide, and nationally to improve health status at the community level.

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