Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for Health Impact Assessment


The Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for Health Impact Assessment (MEPS) outlines the minimum criteria that an health impact assessment (HIA) should address, as well as best practices for conducting it. The MEPS is not a long, technical, step-by-step instruction manual for completing an HIA; rather it defines what needs to be included in a project for it to be considered an HIA. The document can be used by practitioners as both a guidance document and a tool to assess HIA work.

Following the spring 2019 Practitioner Workshop held in St. Paul, Minnesota, a working group began the first MEPS update in five years. 

Now we need your help! The working group is soliciting feedback from SOPHIA members and partners through October 29, 2021.

Click here to download the current version of the MEPS. The document is approximately 20 pages long. We recognize the value of your time so please feel free to review the sections most relevant to your HIA practice. 

Click here to leave feedback via a Google Form.

To view a recording of the March 2021 webinar describing the MEPS update, click here.

Please contact Emily Bever (ebever@pewtrusts.org) with any questions about this update. 

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