Communicating About Equity in HIA: A Guide for Practitioners

The Society of Practitioners of Health Impact Assessment (SOPHIA) equity workgroup recently released Communicating about Equity in HIA: A Guide for Practitioners. Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) provide an opportunity to advance equity, but practitioners often struggle with how to effectively and strategically communicate about this core value of HIA. An effective approach to communication, including crafting a purposeful plan for the content and presentation of the HIA report and other materials, is fundamental to ensuring that HIAs can impact policies and support change. This guide intends to aid HIA practitioners in their efforts to communicate about equity as an essential step towards advancing equity through practice.

About Bridget Kerner

Bridget Kerner serves as a program analyst for the Healthy Community Design portfolio at NACCHO. Her work includes research and technical assistance support for local health department Health Impact Assessment (HIA) projects, NACCHO's HIA Community of Practice, and Health in All Policies (HiAP) initiatives.

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