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Online Course - Health Impact Assessment, step by step

Webinar - How and Why Evaluate the Implementation of a Health Impact Assessment Process (HIA)? (Offered in French) Thursday October 10, 2019 from 2 p.m. - 3 p.m. EDT.
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Health Impact Assessment: Fundamentals, Steps, Resources - Web Presentation

Health Impact Assessment of the TOD Neighbourhood Project in Sainte-Catherine. Report on potential impacts and recommendations
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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Toolbox – Cost Calculator, Screening Grid, and Scoping Tool

Online Continuing Education Course HIA Step by Step

Annotated Bibliography: Health Impact Assessment
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SOPHIA's HIA of the Americas Workshop. Oakland, United States. Fall 2014. Conference website.

HIA 2013 International Conference. Geneva, Switzerland. Presentations (PDF) on the conference website.

HIA 2012 International Conference. Québec, QC. Presentations (PDF & video) on the conference website.

Health Impact Assessment Blog. News and information on HIA, by the International Association for Impact Assessment's Health Section.

Communicating about equity in health impact assessment.
 1.23 Mo. On the SOPHIA website.

Health Impact Assessment of Transportation and Land Use Planning Activities – Guidebook.  8.56 MB. On the site of Metro Vancouver.

L'Evaluation d'impacts sur la santé. Une aide à la décision pour des politiques favorables à la santé, durables et équitables. (In French.) On the site of l'INPES - Institut national de prévention et d'éducation pour la santé.

UCLA Health Impact Assessment Clearinghouse – Learning and Information Center. (On the site of UCLA - HIA Clearinghouse)

SOPHIA - The Society of Practitioners of HIA. On the SOPHIA website. 

Equity-Focused Health Impact Assessment - A Community Pilot 1.58 MB. On the site of Sudbury & District Health Unit, 2012.

The Impact and Effectiveness of Equity Focused Health Impact Assessment in Health Service Planning, Ben Harris-Roxas. On the site of Harris-Roxas Health, 2014.

Rapports d'évaluation d'impact sur la santé – Direction de santé publique de la Montérégie. (In French). HIA reports and background information produced by the Regional health authority of Montérégie (QC).

Do Health Impact Assessments make a difference? On the site of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2014.

The effectiveness of health impact assessment in influencing decision-making in Autralia and New Zealand 2005-2009. On the site of BioMed Central Public Health, 2013.

The Effectiveness of Health Impact Assessment 1.1 MB. On the site of the World Health Organization, European Office, 2007. Abstract.

Health Equity Impact Assessment. By Povall et al. (2013). On the site of Health Promotion International.

Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment. By the National Research Council (USA), 2011. On the site of the National Academies Press.

Improving the use of evidence in health impact assessment  525 K. On the site of the World Health Organization: Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 88(7) July 2010.

Health Impact assessment : main concepts and suggested approach, Gothenburg consensus paper.  138 K. European Centre for Health Policy, 1999. On the site of the WHO Regional Office for Europe.

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Webinar - What is Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Public Policies?
On October 21 and November 25, 2014, Julie Castonguay from the NCCHPP led a webinar entitled “What is Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Public Policies?”. 
November 2014. Description. Download  1.35 MB

In partnership with the Public Health Physicians of Canada (PHPN) and as part of continuing professional education activities, education credits were offered to physicians and residents in public health.


This webinar was a broad overview of what Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is, especially the kind of HIA that is meant to support decision making in the public sector. It consisted of a presentation that included frequent interaction with participants, and a final question and discussion period.

HIA is most frequently used to assess policy or project proposals from sectors other than the health care sector. These proposals do not target health as their principal goal, but might have an impact on the determinants of health. HIA offers a systematic and rigorous process through which public health actors and decision makers from other sectors can collaborate to make sure these health effects are taken into consideration in the final proposal.

HIA involves attempting to estimate, with the help of contextual and scientific information, the possible effects on the determinants of health and health inequalities. Its main objective is to formulate recommendations that will minimize the negative impacts and maximize the positive impacts of the policy or project.

At the end of this webinar, the participants were able to:

  • Understand the origin and values of HIA
  • Describe the five steps of HIA
  • Recognize HIA as an approach to support public sector decision making
  • Find necessary resources to learn more about different aspects of HIA

What is Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Public Policies?
46 slides
 1.35 MB 
 Image - first page of the presentation - click to download

Suggested Reading:

St-Pierre, L. (2009). Introduction to HIA. Montréal, Québec: National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy.


The production of the NCCHPP website has been made possible through a financial contribution from the Public Health Agency of Canada.