• 06 Aug 2018 6:38 AM | Anonymous
    There is no single approach for engaging the diverse community groups, decision makers, and practitioners whose participation is key to successful HIA. The following videos, put together by the SOPHIA’s Stakeholder Engagement Working Group, demonstrate creative and practical techniques to engage community members, decision makers and other practitioners as part of the HIA process. By sharing these stories, the working group aims to honor the oral tradition of storytelling and support the HIA values of democracy and equity.

    Read more about these HIA stories and explore all four videos.
  • 18 Jun 2018 5:00 PM | Anonymous

    The Chronicles of Health Impact Assessment (CHIA) published Volume 3, Issue 1 in June 2018.

    The issue features a number of articles by our members, a review of the Health Equity Guide from Human Impact Partners, and a letter from Susan Sutherland, Vice President of Development for SOPHIA. Here is an excerpt from the letter highlighting key topics addressed in the issue:

    "The articles contained in this issue highlight diverse aspects of HIA practice, including how HIAs can be used to demonstrate the interconnected nature of social, environmental, and economic effects from decisions; the role of legislators in exploring policies to support the use of HIA; and how the field can equip students to do community-engaged HIA practice."

    Access Volume 3, Issue 1 in its entirety for free!

    CHIA is an open access online journal which strives to give expression to health impact assessment research and scholarship to serve public health and planning professionals.

  • 18 Jun 2018 12:00 PM | Anonymous

    April 1-2, 2019

    St. Paul, Minnesota

    Please save the date for the 2019 Health Impact Assessment Practitioner Workshop to be held in St. Paul, Minnesota and hosted by Minnesota Department of Public Health. This 2-day workshop is a great opportunity to gather and learn alongside a diverse group of HIA practitioners. Don't miss it!

    Formal invitations and more details to follow. Please watch this space for updates.
    Registration will open in the fall.

    Read about the 2017 HIA Practitioner Workshop.

  • 16 May 2018 5:00 AM | Anonymous

    SOPHIA and the National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) are partnering to host a Twitter Chat NEXT WEEK! Join us as we discuss “Critical dilemmas for HIA practitioners, Public Health Institutes, and the Public Health Workforce.” We want to hear about your best practices and innovations as we explore trending topics in public health.

    What is a Twitter Chat? Your hosts (SOPHIA and NNPHI) will provide you with a platform to participate in discussion with your fellow practitioners through a series of questions over an hour-long period. Participants can engage by tweeting replies to questions or comments from other participants - and you don't even have to leave your desk! A handy guide is available that details how to join and participate.

    The chat will be 12-1pm EST Monday May 21. Participate by following SOPHIA on Twitter and the Twitter Chat hashtag #SOPHIAchat. We hope you will join us for this lively discussion in 280 character vignettes!

  • 14 May 2018 7:21 AM | Anonymous

    UNSW is organising a free HIA and local government seminar at Flat Floor Theatre, UNSW CBD Campus, 1 O’Connell St, Sydney on Tuesday 22/05/18 from 10.00 am to 12 noon (Monday, 21 May 8pm Eastern/ 5pm Pacific for our US members).

    This seminar will also be streamed live.  If you are unable to attend in person, you can watch the seminar live via this link: on 22 May at 10am, Sydney time.  No online registration is needed.  
    This seminar will focus on the use of health impact assessment at the local government level in Québec City, Korea, and in Sydney. The seminar will examine:
    • HIAs that have been done locally and internationally
    • how HIA can add value to local government
    • the opportunities and future directions for collaboration

  • 27 Apr 2018 5:04 AM | Anonymous

    Don't miss this HIA 101 coming up in June!

    SOPHIA is partnering with NEHA to present an HIA 101 Class as a pre-conference session at NEHA’s Annual Educational Conference in Anaheim, CA on June 24 from 10-5 PT. Jimmy Dills of the Georgia Health Policy Center and SOPHIA will lead this one day hands-on course that will give you the knowledge and background to consider HIA as a part of your EH practice. The cost for NEHA members is $100 and $150 for non-members. Register here.

  • 27 Mar 2018 4:57 AM | Anonymous

    Did you see our Spring SOPHIA Newsletter? You can read all the latest here.

  • 19 Oct 2017 10:51 AM | Anonymous

    The American Public Health Association's 145th Annual Meeting and Exposition is quickly approaching! From November 4-8 2017 the world's largest public health conference will take place in Atlanta, Georgia. There will be a number of opportunities to hear from your fellow HIA practitioners. Your Member Services Committee developed a list of HIA and other relevant sessions at APHA that may be of interest to you. Take a look at the full list here.


    Sponsored by SK Collaborative

    Are you headed to Atlanta for APHA? Don't miss the SOPHIA Sunday Social! Join fellow SOPHIA members and others for a casual gathering Sunday evening, November 5th anytime between 5:00-9:00 p.m. at Der Biergarten. This is an informal happy hour that can be used as an opportunity to grab a drink with other SOPHIA members, colleagues, classmates, or old friends while you’re in town for APHA. So we have a rough idea of how many people will be joining us, please email SOPHIA member  Mimi Majumdar Narayan if you are interested in attending.

    Der Biergarten
    300 Marietta Street NW Atlanta, GA 30313
    Come and go between 5:00-9:00 p.m.

  • 10 Oct 2017 10:08 AM | Anonymous

    MDH Seeks Passionate Individual to Join their Climate & Health and HIA Program Team

    Interested in engaging Minnesotans about the health impacts of climate change? Ready to utilize the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) process to create more equitable, healthier communities? The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is looking for a program planner to join our team and play an instrumental role in forwarding HIA and climate and health strategies in Minnesota.  We’re looking for someone who is passionate about bringing innovative strategies to the public sector, managing a range of projects, and building cross-sector capacity to protect, maintain, and improve the health of all Minnesotans. The ideal candidate is guided by a strong work ethic and brings experience with climate and health and/or HIAs. Visit the MMB website for more information and application instructions. Apply today — applications will be accepted until midnight on 10/30/2017!

  • 04 Sep 2017 3:01 AM | Anonymous

    In an effort to document HIA practice in the climate change sector, SOPHIA members Andy Dannenberg and Bethany Rogerson are seeking your help to identify projects that have addressed HIAs on climate change policy. If you are aware of an HIA not currently tagged as “climate change” on the Health Impact Project map, please reach out to Bethany Rogerson ( by Monday, September 18th. The information will be used to generate a paper summarizing and discussing how HIA has been applied in this context. Thank you in advance!

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