Upcoming events

    • 02 Oct 2017
    • 8:30 AM (EDT)
    • 03 Oct 2017
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • The Pew Charitable Trusts
    Registration is closed

    Join us for SOPHIA’s 2017 Practitioner Workshop in Washington, D.C., October 2nd and 3rd!

    *Registration extended until Sept 13*

    The HIA Practitioner Workshop (formerly HIA of the Americas) presents a unique opportunity for current practitioners of Health Impact Assessment to participate in strategic field building. The workshop is uniquely structured around small working groups, with additional presentations and a keynote panel.

    The objectives of this two-day workshop are to:

    • Build a community of HIA practitioners by offering an intimate forum to network and share ideas and tools that elevate the practice of HIA; and
    • Promote excellence in HIA by sharing best practices, tackling challenging HIA related issues, disseminating resources, and beginning the development of new resources for the field.

    Don’t miss this opportunity to expand your expertise while contributing to the field of HIA!

    A detailed agenda, including action items for each breakout group, will be available on the conference website in the next few months. Below is an overview of tentative workshop activities.

    Day 1
    Expert Panel: Evolving Landscape of HIA
    History of the HIA Field and the Practitioner Workshop
    Small Working Group sessions

    Day 2
    Lighting Talks: Innovative Tools and Methods in HIA
    Small Working Group Sessions and Presentations 

    Registration & Payment
    In order to confirm your participation at the workshop, you will need to click the "Register" button on the left to register by September 13 and pay your non-refundable registration fee by September 18, 2017. Early bird registration fees are available through July 14th have been extended until July 31st. 

    Scholarships for registration fees and/or travel may become available for conference participants with the greatest need. When registering for the conference, you will be given the option to indicate whether you would like to be considered for a scholarship. We will then contact you with additional information on the availability of funding.

    Workshop Location
    The HIA Practitioner Workshop will be held at The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E Street NW Washington, D.C. 20004 which is easily accessible via public transportation from both the Reagan Washington National  and Washington Dulles International airports. Please visit https://www.wmata.com/ for more details on local transportation.

    There are a number of hotels within walking distance to the workshop venue:


    Hotels in D.C. but slightly further from the venue are accessible by public transit:


    Hotels in Pentagon City/Crystal City and Rosslyn are a short ride away on the Metro:

    Participants are encouraged to book early as hotels fill up quickly and prices will likely increase in the weeks and months leading up to the workshop. 

    Sponsorships & Support
    As a member-based, volunteer-led organization, we depend on the on the support of practitioners like you to maintain SOPHIA. Your donation can help to ensure that SOPHIA has the necessary means to continue supporting our members, disseminating important work products, and hosting the Practitioner Workshop.

    There are lots of different ways you can support SOPHIA. Please consider:

    1. Purchasing a registration at a ‘Contributor’ level
    2. Volunteering your time with the Practitioner Workshop Event Committee
    3. Asking your organization to become a sponsor
    4. Making a one-time donation here

    If you would like to volunteer, or become a SOPHIA sponsor, please contact ellen@hiasociety.org.

    Past Workshops
    Past workshops have resulted in the development and refinement of several important resources for the field, including:

    • Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for HIA
    • Best Practices in Stakeholder Engagement
    • Equity Metrics for HIA Practice

    You can also view the agenda and materials from the 2014 and 2016 workshops online.


Past events

07 Mar 2016 SOPHIA's 2016 HIA Practitioner Workshop
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