Using Health Impact Assessment as an Interdisciplinary Teaching Tool
Author(s)Chinchilla, Melissa Yvonne; Arcaya, Mariana Clair
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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) courses are teaching public health and urban planning students how to assess the likely health effects of proposed policies, plans, and projects. We suggest that public health and urban planning have complimentary frameworks for training practitioners to address the living conditions that affect health. Planning perspectives emphasize practical skills for impacting community change, while public health stresses professional purpose and ethics. Frameworks from both disciplines can enhance the HIA learning experience by helping students tackle questions related to community impact, engagement, social justice, and ethics. We also propose that HIA community engagement processes can be enriched through an empathetic practice that focuses on greater personal introspection. View Full-Text Keywords: health impact assessment; social determinants of health; public health; urban planning
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Urban Studies and Planning
International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Melissa Chinchilla, and Mariana Arcaya. “Using Health Impact Assessment as an Interdisciplinary Teaching Tool.” International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, vol. 14, no. 12, July 2017, p. 744.
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