Planning and Community Health Center

Health Impact Assessment's Role in Planning

APA's Planning and Community Health Center led a project to further the education, training, and development of Health Impact Assessments (HIA) as an integral part of planning practice.

With support from the Health Impact Project, this project provides background and guidance on integrating HIA into plans and policies that shape the built environment. APA developed:

  • A report on the state of HIA in planning
  • An issue brief that highlights the value of HIA in planning practice
  • A toolkit for integrating HIA into the planning process

Toolkit: Health Impact Assessment Toolkit for Planners

a guide to Understanding and implementing the six-step HIA Process

This toolkit provides guidance for planners on how to move from “considering an HIA” to conducting an HIA that makes sense given the context of the community and plan, project, or policy that the HIA will assess.

Report: The State of Health Impact Assessment in Planning

This report provides an overview of HIAs in planning, a description of the HIA process, and snapshots from an in-depth study of 27 planning HIAs. We conclude with five case studies that demonstrate the diversity of planning HIAs, highlight effective strategies for conducting HIA, and share lessons learned from the process.

Issue Brief: Health Impact Assessment Can Inform Planning to Promote Public Health

Process offers opportunities for collaboration among planners and public health professionals

This brief introduces planning directors and staff as well as policymakers to health impact assessment (HIA), a process that brings public health considerations into decision-making and offers opportunities for collaboration among planners and public health professionals.


This work is supported by a grant from the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, designed to promote the use of HIAs as a decision-making tool for policymakers. The views expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Health Impact Project, The Pew Charitable Trusts, or the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.