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NEHA 2016 Conference (PM) Sessions: Highlighting the Health Impact Assessment
June 15, 2016 @ 1:00 pm - 4:20 pm
This year’s National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) Annual Educational Conference and Exhibition is featuring a multitude of sessions promoting the value and significance of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) for environmental health (EH) professionals, agencies and partners. Below is a list of afternoon sessions taking place on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at the Hyatt-Live Oak Room from 1:00-1:50 and 3:30-4:20 PM CT highlighting this important topic.
Integration of a Built Environment Unit in Environmental Public Health
The built environment is known to influence lifestyle and behavior choices that can lead to a number of chronic diseases, including obesity. This presentation features insight from Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services on this topic. Harris County created a unit in Environmental Public Health, to focus on planning and designing communities that make it easier for people to live healthy lives.The unit utilizes Health Impact Assessments and rapid/review assessments to ensure a Health in All Policies approach is part of decision making processes in Harris County, Texas.
Time: 1:00-1:50 PM CT
- Dr Umair Shah, Director of Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services
- Dr Patricia Cummings, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services
- Les Becker, Deputy Director, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services
- Michael Schaffer, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services
- Ellen Schwaller, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services
A New Prediction Modeling Toolkit to Link Health Impact Assessment to Equity
This session will introduce NACCHO’s Health Impact Assessment (HIA) developed by the Community of Practice Practitioners to make predictions about community health. HIA has emerged as one of the most effective means to build inter-agency partnerships, engage community stakeholders and effected residents to make health considerations part of the decision-making process, develop appropriate metrics to measure outcomes, capitalize on opportunities to improve health and make change to improve the built environment.
Time: 3:30-4:20 PM CT
- Susan Sutherland, Delaware County Public Health
- Dr. Patricia Cummings, Harris County Public Health and Environmental Services