Health Impact Assessment Round-Up 5 March 2010

This is a collection of HIA-related links, news and events that have recently caught the eyes of the HIA & Healthy Public Policy Team at the Centre for Health Equity Training, Research and Evaluation (CHETRE) over the past month.

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Health Impact Assessment

  • International Council on Mining and Metals Guidance on Health Impact Assessment
  • Putting Health in the Policy Picture: A review of how health impact assessment is carried out by English Government departments [Summary Report]
  • California to Examine Health Impacts of Landmark Cap-and-Trade Program [Press Release]
  • Frequently Asked Questions about Integrating Health Impact Assessment into Environmental Impact Assessment [Human Impact Partners PDF]
  • La participation du public dans l’évaluation d’impact sur la santé (EIS/HIA): pourquoi et comment? [PDF, in French]
  • Causal Diagram: Health risks associated with transportation [HIA Gateway]
  • Creative Potential:Mental Well-Being Impact Assessment of the Liverpool 2008 European Capital Of Culture Program [Journal Article]
  • WHO Internships on Health Equity, 2010-2011 including HIA
  • Some HIAs completed in New Zealand last year have been posted online [NZ HIASU]
  • HIA for Healthy Development: The Thai Mab Ta Phut case [Bangkok Post]
  • US Health Impact Project closed its first funding round on 26 Feb due to "extraordinary response"
  • Equality impact assessment for the Nationall Sexual Health Policy [UK Department of Health]
  • Evidence Health Impact Assessment Works [HIA Connect]

Population Health & Primary Care

  • CHETRE & National Heart Foundation Report: Influencing Healthy Planning and Policy Development in Local Government [Summary Report PDF]
  • Campbell & Cochrane Equity Methods Group Equity Checklist for Incorporating Equity in a Review [PDF]
  • Series of articles: SUPPORT Tools for evidence-informed health Policymaking (STP) [Open Access]
  • Drivers of Inequality in Millennium Development Goal Progress: A Statistical Analysis [Journal Article, PLoS Medicine]
  • Annual epidemiological report on communicable diseases in Europe 2008 [PDF]
  • The Right to Property and the Right to Health [ABC Radio National, MP3 and streaming audio]
  • "Public health evaluation in the 21st century: time to see the wood as well as the trees" [Journal Article, Journal of Public Health]
  • Complex interventions to improve the health of people with limited literacy: a systematic review [DARE]
  • Public Health Management of Disasters: The Pocket Guide [PDF]
  • Social determinants of health and the role of local government [Report, I&DeA UK]
  • Mental health inequalities: measuring what counts [Seminar Report, Sainsbury Centre UK]
  • Influencing public behaviour to improve health and wellbeing [Report PDF, UK]
  • Cost-effectiveness of interventions to promote physical activity: a modelling study [NHS EED]
  • Just-as-good Medicine: Less expensive, lower-quality innovations abound in every economic sector, except medicine [American Scientist]
  • English National Library for Public Health March newsletter
  • Former Canadian health minister and Commission on the Social Determinants of Health member Monique Begin on the social determinants of health in Canada [Star Phoenix Newspaper]
  • Ban on take-away outlets within 400m of schools to combat obesity: sensible policy? [The Guardian, Newspaper Article]
  • The Guardian's review of 'The Spirit Level' More positive than last year's one in the London Review of Books
Strategic Review of Health Inequalities in England Post 2010: The Marmot Review

The Marmot Review was released on 11 February. These links look at the report and its implications.
  • Fair Society, Healthy Lives: The Marmot Review Final Report [Report]
  • Presentations from the conference to launch the Marmot Review, 12 Feb 2010 [video and audio]
  • Politics of Health Group's response to the implementation of the Marmot's Review's recommendations [BMJ]
  • Fair and healthy society, by Tammy Boyce [Public Finance]
And what it means for Australia:
  • Why we need an Australian Health and Equity Commission: Fran Baum from Flinders University [Croakey]
  • Tackling health inequity? It’s about changing the dynamics of political power, by CHETRE's Marilyn Wise [Croakey]
  • A fairer Australia will also help our health: the Smith Family’s Elaine Henry [Croakey]
  • Will today’s health ministers meeting tackle health inequalities? by Ben Harris-Roxas from CHETRE [Croakey]
Australian Health System Reforms

The Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced sweeping reforms to the Australian health system and the way it's funded on 3 March 2010. These links look at what's proposed.
  • A National Health and Hospitals Network for Australia's Future [Policy PDF]
  • Prime Minister's 'Better Health, Better Hospitals' speech [Transcript, The Australian]
  • Q&A from the Australian Prime Minister's speech to launch the health reforms [Transcript, PM's website]
  • So what does it all mean for primary health care? CPHCE's Professor Mark Harris says the detail may hold angels as well as devils [Croakey]
  • The PM’s health announcements:a promising start by Ian McAuley, Centre for Policy Development Fellow [Croakey]
  • The Feds are Coming to a Hospital Near by Stephen Leeder from the University of Sydney [ABC Unleashed] You
  • Rudd ready for combat over health reforms [ABC's The Drum]
  • So what is Rudd actually trying to achieve in health? CHETRE's Ben Harris-Roxas on the questions raised by the announcement [Croakey]
  • For Rudd, it’s all about hospitals, hospitals, hospitals…[Croakey]
  • A Cure to End the Health Blame Game [New Matilda Cartoon]
Conferences & Events
  • Fifth EU Ministerial Conference on environment and health, Parma, Italy, 10-12 March 2010 Keep an eye out for media reports, includes a side event on "Protecting and improving human health through
    Strategic Environmental Assessment. It’s here – its being done – can we do it better?"
  • Conference: Equality and inequality in health: Measuring and commissioning for equity, London, 11 March 2010
  • Canadian NCCHPP workshop on "Deliberating to Inform Decision-making" in Montréal, 12 March
  • Canadian Conference on Global Health 2010: The Call for Abstracts for Papers and Posters, due 29 March
  • Prevention and health inequalities : Cost-effective and evidence-based solutions, London, 30 March 2010
  • What is Evidence-Informed Decision Making? Five Day Workshop in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 10-14 May
  • Sustainability Assessment Symposium: Towards Strategic Assessment for Sustainability, Perth 25-26 May 2010
  • Double IAIA Symposia Climate Change & Impact Assessment. Aalborg, Denmark 25-26 Oct Washington DC USA 15-16 Nov
  • HIA2010 3rd IAIA Asia Pacific HIA Conference, Dunedin, New Zealand, 17-19 November 2010
  • One-day course in Planning for Non-Planners - 29 March, 28 June & 29 November 2010, UWS Urban Research Centre, Sydney
  • Three Day HIA Training, Liverpool UK 14-18 June 2010
  • One day training course on HIA, Birmingham UK, 14 July 2010
  • Three day HIA training course, 5th-7th October 2010, Gregynog, Wales
  • International Association for Public Participation Training throughout Australia, more than 20 sessions throughout 2010.
Other Items of Interest
  • Good Foundations: Towards a low carbon, high well-being built environment [NEF Report]
  • Adapting to climate change in Australia: Australian Government Department of Climate Change position paper
  • Should Policy Makers Listen to the Experts or to the Public on Crime and Imprisonment? [New Matilda]
  • Higher Food Prices in Sub-Saharan Africa: Poverty Impact and Policy Responses [Journal Article, WBRO]
  • Study of the Evaluation of Environmental Impact Assessment in Selected West Asian Countries [Report PDF]
  • Food Security and Peak Oil: A Message to Local Citizens and Leadership [Blog Post, The Oil Drum]
  • The Story of Human Rights [Video]
  • Is the US EPA crowdsourcing environmental protection?
  • Changing mindsets about natural resource management vital to combating climate change [Newspaper Article, Guyana]
  • Global Integrity Report finds no significant progress [Website]
  • Build giant parks over freeways to connect divided neighborhoods [The Architect's Newspaper]
  • List of good environmental blogs [Society for Environmental Journalists]
  • The Victorian Transport Accident Commission’s video montage of 20 years of advertising campaigns [Video, Warning - heavy-going]
  • What we know about climate change? Attempts to debunk climate change denialism [Video]
  • The case for emergency preparedness and why it's not heard
  • Naomi Klein on climate debt [Video, Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives]
  • Compelling infographic/visualisation of the impact of the Haiti earthquake The information may be inaccurate now as it was created 4 weeks ago
  • Social Media and Public Health: Should we drink the Kool-Aid?
  • U.N. Says Emissions Vows Not Enough to Avoid a Rise of 2 Degrees Celcius [Society for Environmental Journalists]
  • CDC Social Media Tools Guidelines & Best Practices [US CDC]
  • Story on potential water toxicity from Eucalyptus nitens grown by forestry industry in Tasmania [ABC Australian Story]
  • Communicating Science In A Post-Newspaper Era [NPR]

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