In practice, a Health Impact Assessment is a useful way to:
- Ensure that health and health disparities are considered in decision making by using an objective and scientific approach
- Engage stakeholders in the process
An HIA is combination of procedures, methods and tools that systematically judge the potential, and sometimes unintended effects of a proposed project, plan or policy on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA identifies appropriate actions to manage those effects.
What the New Mexico Health Equity Partnership will provide:
HIA in New Mexico
The New Mexico Health Equity Partnership is working in collaboration with Human Impact Partners and PLACE MATTERS teams, health councils and community groups to conduct HIAs throughout New Mexico. Local HIA teams work with community members to make a judgment about how a proposed plan or policy will affect health. HIA takes into consideration the current health status of a community, predicts how this will change if a proposed plan or policy is implemented and provides recommendations based on community knowledge, stories and quantitative data to inform and improve decision making processes. Current HIA topics focus on the impacts of: trails, uranium mining, supportive housing, reintegration center, community development block grant funds, C02 pipeline, and the Sunport Boulevard Extension.