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Health Impact Assessment:
Incorporating Health into Planning and Decision-Making

Course Code: EP0704HB16

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Date &Time

Last Held: October 15, 2015
9:00am - 3:00pm (Check-in time: 8:30am)

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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) can be used to evaluate a proposed plan or project’s potential effects on the health of a population. HIA provides evidence-based recommendations aimed at enhancing positive health impacts and minimizing negative ones.

In this session, the New Jersey Health Impact Collaborative (NJHIC) will lead an introductory training on health impact assessment as a tool to promote community health and equity in planning processes and decision-making. Participants will engage in group exercises related to HIA steps, discuss opportunities and challenges to integrating health into planning and policy processes, and learn about new statewide collaborative initiatives and emerging tools to build capacity for health advancement in planning, and to support health in all policies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the broader context of health influences and the social determinants of health.
  • Understand the principles, value, and use of HIA, as well as the steps involved in conducting an HIA.
  • Understand applicability of HIA to planning, development and land use decision-making and processes.
  • Explore opportunities to incorporate HIA and/or health in all policies in local government decision-making.
  • Review the resources available to local government decision-makers and citizens that wish to include health consideration in community planning.

• Leigh Ann Von Hagen, NJHIC
• Karen Lowrie, NJHIC

For Facilitator bios, click here.

Agenda At-A-Glance


Welcome and Speaker Introduction (Von Hagen)

9:10am Introduction to HIA
9:45am Brainstorming Potential HIA Projects
9:55am Steps of HIA (Von Hagen)
10:10am Screening (Lowrie)
10:40am Break
10:50am Scoping (Von Hagen)
11:30am Assessment and Recommendations (Lowrie)
12:00pm Lunch
12:45pm Overview of Final HIA Steps (Lowrie)
1:15pm Collaboration in HIA (Von Hagen)
1:35pm Intervention Points for HIA (Lowrie)
2:00pm HIA: What does New Jersey State, County and Local Government Need? (Von Hagen and Lowrie)
2:30pm Questions and Answers



Who Should Attend
Practitioners and policymakers in a variety of sectors can benefit from this training, including:
  • Attorneys (CLE)
  • Municipal Finance
  • Municipal Professional Engineers (PE)
  • Professional Planners (APA)
  • Public Health Professionals (HO/REHS/CHES)
  • Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP)

The October 15, 2015 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

NJ Professional Engineers - 5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits

NJ Site Remediation Professional Licensing Board (NJSRPB) - 4.5 Regulatory CECs

Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES) - Course approved for 5 total Category I Continuing Education Contact Hours (CECH) for Certified Health Specialists (CHES) and Master Certified Health Education Specialists (MCHES). Maximum Advanced-level contact hours available are 5. The Rutgers Office of Public Health Practice is designated multiple event provider of CECH/s by the National Commission for Health Education Credentialing.

American Planners Association (APA) – 4 CMs

Continuing Legal Education (CLE) - Supreme Court of New Jersey Board has approved course for 3.4 Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists - Rutgers University, NJAES, Office of Continuing Professional Education has been approved by the New Jersey Department of Health as a provider of NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs). Participants who complete this education program will be awarded 5.0 NJ Public Health Continuing Education Contact Hours (CEs).

Registration Fee TBD  
Multi-Person Registration Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Breakfast and lunch are being provided as part of the registration fee.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


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Rutgers Eco Complex
1200 Florence-Columbus Road, Bordentown, NJ 08505
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Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


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Senior Program Coordinator: Dalynn Knigge, 848-932-7315
Administrative Assistant: Bianca Scardina, 848-932-7316

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.