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Integrating Health Impact Assessments via Environmental Policy Acts

posted on Wed, Dec 21 2016 10:28 am by The Network for Public Health Law

Thursday, January 19 at 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. ET. View/download the slides.

According to the American Planning Association, health impact assessments (HIAs) “bring together scientific data, health expertise, and public input to understand how a proposed plan, policy, program, project, or action could affect the public’s health.” HIAs can provide decision-makers with critical information to identify project alternatives or potential mitigation measures, broader effects on the environment and community, and potential overall health impacts.

In a dual stage effort funded by the Health Impact Project, a collaboration between the Pew Charitable Trusts and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Network collaborated with the Association of State and Territorial Health Officers (ASTHO) to explore and analyze opportunities to imbed health considerations and HIAs into environmental reviews required by the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and related state environmental policy acts (SEPAs).

These laws require various levels of advance, comprehensive environmental reviews for major public (and some private) projects or actions in affected jurisdictions that may significantly impact the human environment. They apply to multiple federal, state, tribal, and local governmental agencies and often entail conducting extensive assessments designed, in part, to protect human health.

Presented by project lead investigators, this webinar examines how HIAs and related health impacts may “legally fit” with environmental reviews as explained in the Network’s legal report highlighting 10 opportunities to incorporate health considerations.

View the report.


  • Kim Weidenaar, J.D., Deputy Director, Network for Public Health Law - Western Region; Fellow, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Project Investigator;
  • Leila Barraza, J.D., M.P.H., Consultant, Network for Public Health Law - Western Region; Assistant Professor, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health, University of Arizona; Project Investigator


  • James G. Hodge, Jr., J.D., LL.M, Director, Network for Public Health Law - Western Region; Professor of Public Health Law and Ethics, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law; Project Project Investigator


Some attendees may qualify for CLE credit. ASLME is an approved provider of continuing legal education credits in several states; ASLME will also apply for CLE credits in other states upon request.