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Course Name: Health Impact Assessment: Incorporating Health into Planning and Decision-Making
Course Code: EP0704CA20
Registration Fee: TBD
Multi Person Discount Fee: TBD
Registration Closes: TBD
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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, providing an approach to the decision-making process by:
- Considering health outcomes such as social, economic, and environmental influences;
- Convening diverse members of the public to elicit multiple perspectives and input;
- Identifying groups of people who might be particularly vulnerable to health impacts; and
- Reviewing potential strategies that may reduce negative health impacts and increase positive impacts.
In this session, the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative (PHCI) 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.
- 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.
Who Should Attend?
Practitioners and policymakers in a variety of sectors can benefit from this training, including:
- Health Care / Community Health Professionals
- Housing / Zoning Professionals
- Industrial Hygienists
- Municipal Finance Professionals
- Municipal Professional Engineers
- Professional Planners
- Public Health Professionals
- Site Remediation Professionals
- Town Council Members
Meet Your Instructors
Karen Lowrie, Ph.D.
Dr. Karen Lowrie is an Associate Director for the Environmental Analysis and Communication Group at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University, and a Facilitator of the Planning Healthy Communities Initiative. Karen conducts research, outreach, and education in the fields of urban land use, risk analysis and communication, and environmental health.
Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP
A licensed professional planner, Leigh Ann Von Hagen is a Senior Research Specialist at the Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. A leader in bringing health considerations into non-health sector decisions, she was instrumental in launching several statewide health initiatives including Safe Routes to School, Sustainable Jersey, Mayors Wellness Campaign, and Shaping NJ.
“Your HIA class is extremely well put together and provided me with a comprehensive introduction to HIAs and planning.”
– Past Participant
Most useful aspect of the course: “Walking through process of assessing need for HIA and completing HIA for specific project or policy.”
– Past Participant
Most useful part of the course: “Learning about HIA and its usefulness in communities and getting health to have a seat at the table.”
– Past Participant
Continuing Education Credits
The most recent offering of Health Impact Assessment: Incorporating Health into Planning and Decision-Making was approved for the following credits from professional organizations. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.
NJ Continuing Legal Education (CLE): 3.4 CLEs
NJ Health Officers and Registered Environmental Health Specialists (HO/REHS): 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 course will be awarded 5.0 CEs.
NJ Licensed Site Remediation Professionals (LSRP): 4.5 Regulatory CECs
NJ Professional Engineers: 5 Continuing Professional Competency (CPC) Credits
Rutgers Planning and Zoning Certificate: 3 Technical
Sustainable Jersey: This course is eligible for 10 points toward certification in the Sustainable Jersey program under the “Health in All Policies Professional Development Training” action.
American Planners Association (APA): 5 credits
Certified Health Education Specialists (CHES): 4.5 CECs
Course Requirements and Policies
This online course will be delivered via Zoom. Registrants will receive more information as we move close to the course date and on May 12, 2022, they will receive an email with a link to access the course.
Please log into class 15-30 minutes before the start time for a brief overview of the online format. The course will start promptly at 9:00 am.
Equipment you will need to access this training:
- Laptop or desktop computers are required for this class.
- Speakers and microphone are not necessary as a call-in option is available.
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Photo ID Requirement
Each registrant will be asked provide a photo of him/herself holding their government-issued photo ID. This is required by credit boards so that you may receive credits for participating in this online course.
- You will receive a reminder email prior to the start of the class with further instructions. Wait to receive these instructions before you attempt to upload your ID.
- The photo must be clear enough that we can read your name and verify that the person pictured on the ID is in fact the person holding it.
- After an OCPE staff member reviews the picture and verifies your identity, you will have access to participate in the course when it begins.
Cancellations and Substitutions
A $100 cancellation fee applies for this course. Substitutions are permitted. View our cancellation policy.
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