2 November 2012

New Welsh Health Impact Assessment Guidance

The Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) is pleased to announce the publication of the new health impact assessment (HIA) guidance for Wales.

‘HIA: A Practical Guide’ replaces the previous guidance ‘Improving Health and Reducing Inequalities: A Practical Guide to HIA’ and contains new and updated resources, information and links to evidence and practice.  It gives policy makers and practitioners alike an overview of the Welsh approach to HIA and includes background policy context as much as practical information.  It is now available at www.whiasu.wales.nhs.uk.

The guide has several new sections including the role of community knowledge and stakeholders HIA, quantification and qualitative methods of assessing health and wellbeing impacts and provides new resources such as Screening Appraisal and Scoping Checklists, ‘How to Commission a HIA’ and ‘Quality Assuring a HIA’.  These are all available as individually downloadable documents distinct from the main guide.
Hard copies are also available should you require them.  Please email Liz Green, Liz.green@wales.nhs.uk or Chloe Chadderton, Chaddertonc@cardiff.ac.uk.

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