While these videos depict the uniqueness of each HIA and a variety of approaches to stakeholder engagement, a number of key themes emerged from the wisdom shared:
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This video shows how the process of HIA can reveal ways that empower stakeholders to create healthier communities before the HIA is done.
HIA Practitioner: Gretchen Armijo, Denver Environmental Health Department
Who? This HIA was conducted to consider health in a new Neighborhood Plan for Westwood, and build a community that better supports health and wellness. Neighborhood plans set policy for future land use, multimodal transportation, parks and recreation, and essential local services. The Denver Environmental Health Department led the HIA in cooperation with key resident, business and government stakeholders.
What? The Westwood neighborhood in Denver is a densely populated, majority Hispanic community with many young children. Families have less income, education and English literacy than the City average. Public and private disinvestment over the years had resulted in a built environment that posed daily challenges for residents to exercise, eat well, and travel safely to school and jobs. The first Neighborhood Plan in 30 years was an opportunity for a coalition of residents to work with the City to re-envision their community as a healthy, resilient place for current and future generations
Why? Why did residents in this neighborhood have trouble accessing basic City services to fix broken streetlights, pick up trash, and control loose animals? While the HIA was conducted to inform the new Neighborhood Plan, it also uncovered barriers to addressing current problems that were preventing residents from achieving good health. Following issues ‘upstream’ to achieve multidisciplinary solutions was one unexpected outcome of this HIA.
Through partnership with a trusted community-based organization (CBO), the HIA team demonstrates how more meaningful engagement can occur with two HIAs.
HIA Practitioner: Ellen Schwaller, Harris County Public Health
Who? Harris County Public Health, in partnership with East Aldine District (EAD) and the City of Pasadena (COP), Texas, lead the two HIAs simultaneously. A key community-based organization who works throughout the county, was key in aiding in community outreach for the HIAs.
What? EAD, along with a number of consultants and agencies, proposed to develop a 61-acre town center with social and community services, retail/commercial, and recreation areas on a major thoroughfare in close proximity to 6 school campuses. EAD is a low-income, minority community in unincorporated Harris County. COP is known for its close proximity to and role in the petrochemical industry. It is the second largest city in Harris County after Houston, and is undertaking rewrites to a number of planning ordinances governing design and siting of residential developments. COP does not have a zoning code and has opted out of the metropolitan transportation system.
Why? Harris County Public Health is responsible for over 2 million residents in Harris County. Community-based organizations are key connectors, stakeholders, and champions for our communities. Being able to work alongside with a CBO who is connected in multiple neighborhoods throughout the county is helpful when engaging community members. CBOs often have deep-rooted ties to a community and can help build trust and set expectations for conducting HIA. They can also help when working to monitor and evaluate the impact of an HIA.
This example of a transit project HIA describes how using community events to host meetings resulted in broad and meaningful engagement on a tight budget.
Video 4: Building Relationships with Key Decision makers
An example ‘long-range’ engagement with state-level decision makers that fostered HIA in the legislative process.
HIA Practitioner: Sheena Smith, Kansas Health Institute