Earlier this spring, Group Health Research Institute’s Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE) answered a burning question about how to influence policies in ways that are better for health. In “Do health impact assessments make a difference?” CCHE’s investigators examine health impact assessments (HIAs).
CCHE conducted a three-year evaluation to assess the impact of HIAs in the United States and to identify elements critical for success. The study, funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, included site visits and interviews with 166 practitioners, stakeholders, and decision makers for 23 completed HIAs in 15 states, as well as a Web-based survey of 144 HIA practitioners.
The evaluation brief outlines:
In the second groundbreaking report issued by our CCHE team, CCHE also presents data-driven conclusions in the spring 2014 issue of National Civic Review about the national trend for community-level obesity prevention initiatives.
Early evidence from community-level initiatives shows they can be effective in changing obesity-related behaviors at the population level. The study presents four key recommendations, centered on:
Read about CCHE’s findings (on Wiley Online Library) to understand the initiatives’ impact have and other lessons.