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  • 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!

  • 13 Jun 2017 6:00 AM | Anonymous
    Don't miss the 2017 Call for Proposals from Health Impact Project. The funding will support at least four (two-year) HIA projects. Read more about the opportunity here. A webinar will be held on the 20th of June.
  • 12 Jun 2017 5:10 AM | Anonymous

    Chronicles of Health Impact Assessment (CHIA) has an active call for peer reviewers.

    This is a great way to get involved and be up to speed on the latest evidence-based work being done in the HIA field. Don't miss this opportunity!

    See the full call and submission form here.

  • 19 Apr 2017 6:15 AM | Anonymous

    Headed to NNPHI's Open Forum? Don't miss the many opportunities to connect with fellow HIA practitioners:

    Thursday, Day 1
    9:00AM, Health Impact Assessment Panel in La Salle A/B

    Friday, Day 1
    8:00AM, Breakfast Round Tables, Transforming Eau Claire: Designing a Healthy Community
    9:00AM, COPPHI Talks in La Salle A/B

  • 09 Mar 2017 2:23 PM | Anonymous

    Please see the most recent SOPHIA newsletter here!

  • 06 Mar 2017 12:36 PM | Anonymous

    SOPHIA Members may be interested in attending the following conferences. Please note that registrations are closing soon!

    IAIA17: Impact Assessment's Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change
    April 4-7, 2017
    Registration closes March 15th

    NNPHI's Open Forum for Quality Improvement
    New Orleans
    April 19-21, 2017
    Registration closes March 15th

    American Planning Association's National Planning Conference
    New York City
    May 6-9, 2017
    Registration closes April 6th

  • 01 Mar 2017 12:29 PM | Anonymous
    Whether you work in land use, energy, law, housing, transportation, public health or finance, your next project or policy can have a major impact on community health.

    Learn what HIA is, work through the steps, and then discuss the opportunities and challenges you may face in your community. You will also hear about statewide initiatives and various tools to promote health equity in your area of expertise.

  • 14 Dec 2016 3:14 PM | Anonymous

    The Environmental Public Health (EPH) Community Health and Design Coordinator plays a key role for the Built Environment Unit (BEU). Responsible for managing community and stakeholder engagement activities, including the development and implementation of broad-based marketing, communications and public relations strategies to promote and sustain the community capacity-building within institutions and among residents, namely coordination of stakeholder events and other education and outreach activities of the community planning team; the development of marketing and educational materials; and ongoing evaluation of promotion, education and outreach efforts. 

    Development and Coordination

    • Synthesizes complex and diverse information; collects and objectively weighs data.
    • Uses experience, intuition, and critical thinking to complement data.
    • Supports health impact assessments, rapid needs assessments or other programs and tools necessary to support the BEU objectives.
    • Develops various programs to meet the needs of the community.
    • Collaborates and partners with external organizations and corporations.
    • Serves as the primary BEU representative and contact person for various initiatives, including initiating and maintaining relationships with community organizations in order to accomplish the BEU objectives.
    • Coordinates all aspects of outreach events associated with the BEU.
    • Seeks to continually work towards an "All Health in Policies".
    • Participates, supports and engages in Health Impact Assessments (HIA), rapid needs assessment and other various initiatives.
    • Coordinates community events, health fairs, and other marketing activities as needed.
    • Serves as the community and stakeholder engagement team leader, content expert and advisor to the BEU.
    • Supports recruitment of stakeholders of both community residents and institutions for participation related to the BEU activities.
    • Conducts community and stakeholder research related to community residents and various sectors to inform education and outreach strategies.
    • Develops and implements work plans that address communication, public relations, education and outreach activities of the BEU with respect to assessment, issue and strategy prioritization and action plan development activities.
    • Oversees community capacity-building and mobilization efforts, including the coordination of webinar training, and educational workshops.
    • Develops and maintains record of outreach and communication channels and networks, including linkages to community gatekeepers and opinion leaders across various sectors via a contacts management system.
    • Monitors news sources, podcasts, webcasts, publications, and other media sources and informs collaborative participants and other stakeholders as information becomes available.
    • Closely monitors, tracks and evaluates results of promotion, education and outreach activities.
    • Provides needed summaries to required internal and external stakeholders.
    • Oversees the development, content and maintenance of a web-based platform (i.e. SharePoint) to support social computing, contacts and documents management and other applications relevant to community and stakeholder engagement activities.
    • Oversees the development and dissemination of culturally/linguistically appropriate promotional/marketing and educational material such as newsletters, web resource guides and press releases through various outlets, including print and electronic media through our Office of Public Information.
    • Ensures appropriate provision of interpretation, translation or other specific communication services (e.g. for the hearing or visually impaired and non-English speaking audiences) as required.
    • Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.

    More information can be found here:

  • 14 Dec 2016 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    The Health Impact Review and Policy Analyst will develop, implement, and maintain a Health Impact Review process, in collaboration with the Public Infrastructure Department, in order to achieve a Health in All Policies approach as part of Harris County Public Health's Health Equity Policy.

    • Works with various agencies, which include Harris County Public Health (HCPH), Harris County Public Infrastructure Department (PID), Harris County Fire Marshall's office and other stakeholders to identify priority areas for integration of a health impact review (HIR) process.
    • Conceptualizes, develops, and implements a HIR process plan for the priority areas.
    • Coordinates and facilitates meetings with a variety of partners including Harris County departments, community based organizations, and community leaders.
    • Organizes and facilitates activities to collect community input on the conceptualization, development, and implementation of the HIR process.
    • Builds consensus between agencies and community partners that may have opposing views.
    • Collaborates with multiple agencies to develop a plan on how to incorporate community input into planning and design documents (when applicable) and revise current PID planning documents as needed.
    • Assists agencies with the development of planning documents and scopes of work, and with oversight of contractors, as part of the HIR process.
    • Organizes and facilitates meetings to educate community members about the benefits of Health in All Policies and built environment improvements to promote development of healthy communities.
    • Trains community partners to educate residents and decision makers about the public health benefits of 'healthy communities' (e.g., walkable and bikeable communities).
    • Performs other duties as assigned, including special tasks involved in responding to an emergency event.

    More information available here:
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