Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) are becoming an increasingly common and valuable tool in evaluating the potential health impacts (both positive and negative) of development, transportation and infrastructure projects, plans, policies or programs. HIAs have been shown to improve the decision-making process for development projects, helping to identify and confirm related health issues, understand the consequences of alternatives on stakeholder interests (including status quo), and clarify potential trade-offs.
To support healthy transportation and community planning in the Lower Mainland, Metro Vancouver; BC Healthy Communities; Vancouver Coastal Health; Fraser Health Authority; Provincial Health Services Authority; TransLink; Fraser Valley Regional District; BC Ministry of Environment; BC Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure; Health Canada; and UBC School of Population and Public Health are working together to develop a Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Guidebook. Functioning as both a general resource guide and step-by-step planning tool, the guidebook will be developed for multiple stakeholders involved in working towards healthy community design, including public health professionals, urban and transportation planners, engineers (transportation, civil) and others.
The project partners have identified ULI BC members as potential resources and HIA stakeholders given your community development experience. We are circulating a brief questionnaire to HIA stakeholders which will help us frame the HIA Guidebook and identify individuals who would be willing to provide feedback and/or support its development. The questionnaire also asks if you would like to continue to contribute to the project going forward through a short follow up interview, as part of the project Steering Committee, or as an external reviewer of the guide.
Please take a few minutes to complete the questionnaire at https://www.questionnairemonkey.com/s/TX3QY39 by Wednesday, November 12th.
Please forward this information to others who may be interested in the HIA Guidebook project.
Metro Vancouver is working with a planning firm – EcoPlan (www.ecoplan.ca) – to prepare the HIA Guidebook. EcoPlan will also coordinate follow up interviews and facilitate the project Steering Committee.