SOPHIA launched a Peer-Exchange Program for its members in 2016. This program is designed for HIA practitioners who are interested in building or enhancing their HIA competencies by participating in hands-on experience with one of the HIA champion organizations.
The peer exchange works like this: a health impact assessment (HIA) practitioner would visit a host site that is currently conducting an HIA and work under the guidance of the host site’s peer exchange liaison for approximately five to seven days on site, with additional dates pre- or post-exchange via tele-commute or email as needed. The HIA practitioner will be engaged in the selected HIA activities, especially ones that stretches the practitioner’s current knowledge and experience. Objectives and timelines will be determined through a collaborative process between the HIA practitioner and the liaison at the host site, with SOPHIA providing guidance documents. The exchange will be designed with opportunity for both the HIA practitioner and the host site to benefit from one another.
Information about the program and peer/host applications can be found below. For those completing applications, submit the completed forms to Tatiana Lin at firstname.lastname@example.org.