The Health Impact Project today
call for proposals to fund up
to 15 health impact assessments (HIAs) at the local, state and tribal levels.
HIAs are a flexible, data-driven approach that identify the health consequences
of new policies and programs, and develop practical strategies to maximize
their health benefits and minimize adverse effects.
Grants will range from between $25,000 and
$150,000 each. Government agencies, educational institutions and nonprofit
organizations at all levels of policy and program development are encouraged
to apply. The call for proposals and other information about the project
is available at www.healthimpactproject.org.
The last two decades of health research
have demonstrated the profound importance of social, economic and environmental
decisions to the health of Americans. To stem the rising tide of chronic
disease and create safe, thriving communities, health needs to be factored
into decisions that affect the public. HIAs provide an avenue to do just
that. They are a valuable tool to help government and community leaders
working across all sectors-from agriculture and food production to transportation
and planning-make smart decisions that lead to healthier communities.