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Health Impact Assessments

Here you will find Health Impact Assessments conducted by Upstream and other HIA-related resources.

This guide describes the elements that make up a Health Impact Assessment and best practices for conducting an HIA.
Upstream partnered with the Kids' Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health Impact Project to conduct a study on how updating federal nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools could affect student health and school finances. You can read the executive summary here. 
In 2009, Upstream examined the health impacts of potential vehicle-miles traveled reduction policies in response to then-Governor Kulongoski's proposal to set specific targets for car use.
The HIA examined the potential health impacts of introduced Oregon state legislation (House Bill 2800) which would create a program reimbursing school districts for buying Oregon food and a competitive grant program that would fund food, agriculture and nutrition based activities. For a high resolution version of the report (16.3MB), please contact us. For a description of an evaluation of this process, see this report.
In 2010, Upstream completed a Health Impact Assessment of the land use and transportation objectives in the Eugene, OR Climate and Energy Action Plan. We found that many of the objectives would promote improved public health directly through reduced greenhouse gas emissions and indirectly through increases in physical activity, improvements in air quality, and reductions in vehicle collisions. In addition, Upstream recommended several strategies to strengthen the connection between health outco...