Chair: Sandra Whitehead, PhD MPA Professor at the George Washington University, Sustainable Urban Planning Program SWhitehead@GWU.edu
Members: Jimmy Dills, Georgia Health Policy Center; Hannah Hardy, Allegheny County Department of Health; Judy Parker, Chickasaw Nation; Alix Ware, National Association of County and City Health Officials; Abe Moland, Clackamas County Health Department; Michelle Gowans, Jefferson County Health Department; Kerry Wyss, Association of State and Territorial Health Officials.
This Working Group will build on the successes of the previous HiAP Working Groups (WGs). In 2012, the HiAP WG looked at the similarities and differences between HIA and HiAP, and in 2014 the WG developed the HiAP Screening Tool to help practitioners decide between HiAP-like approaches when HIA is not a good fit.
The objective of this Working Group is to work collectively to identify barriers and solutions to implementing HIA/HiAP initiatives. This year, we seek to demystify HiAP practices by lifting up stories from HIA/HiAP practitioners. We will also be updating the HiAP Screening Tool and hosting at least one webinar.
HIA is commonly used as a tool to implement an existing HIAP framework or as a way to begin a discussion about inserting health and equity into programs, projects, processes and policies (P4s). As the practice of HiAP expands, SOPHIA seeks to support that work and its practitioners.
At the 2016 HIA Practitioner Workshop, this WG conducted a SWOT analysis of the HiAP field. Following the SWOT analysis, participants voted on which of the topics they would like to address in the session. Based on results, we broke up into four topic groups to delve further into the issue and propose solutions. The groups explored: 1) the lack of clear definition of HiAP 2) HIAP funding and sustainability, 3) evaluation of HIAP efforts .The WG will focus on the following activities in 2021-2022: