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Process, Practice and Progress: A Case Study of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Brexit in Wales

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Policy and International Health, WHO Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health & Wellbeing, Public Health Wales, Cardiff CF10 4BZ, UK
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Faculty of Health, Medicine & Life Sciences, Maastricht University, Duboisdomein 30, 6229 GT Maastricht, The Netherlands
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(18), 6652; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186652
Received: 21 July 2020 / Revised: 5 September 2020 / Accepted: 9 September 2020 / Published: 12 September 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Impact Assessment)
Health impact assessment (HIA) is a systematic and flexible tool, which is advocated by the World Health Organisation as a method through which to consider the impact of policies on the health and well-being of a population, and the inequalities that may arise because of it. In 2018, the HIA support unit in Wales carried out a comprehensive and unique HIA on the impact of Brexit in Wales. The aims were to understand the differential impacts that Brexit would have on the health and well-being of the population and to provide evidence to inform decision makers across a range of public bodies. It followed a five-step process for HIA and utilised a wide range of evidence sources and health intelligence including both quantitative and qualitative evidence. This paper reflects on the process of carrying out the HIA and the methods used. It discusses the stages of the HIA, and shares the findings and reflections of implementation which will be beneficial to other HIA practitioners and policy makers. It does not concentrate on the findings of the HIA in detail, but focusses on what worked and any challenges encountered. It has been used to progress the practice of HIA in Wales and demonstrates the value of HIA as a method to inform and influence complex decisions. View Full-Text
Keywords: health impact assessment; Brexit; health and well-being health impact assessment; Brexit; health and well-being
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Green, L.; Ashton, K.; Edmonds, N.; Azam, S. Process, Practice and Progress: A Case Study of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Brexit in Wales. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 6652. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186652

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Green L, Ashton K, Edmonds N, Azam S. Process, Practice and Progress: A Case Study of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Brexit in Wales. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(18):6652. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186652

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Green, Liz, Kathryn Ashton, Nerys Edmonds, and Sumina Azam. 2020. "Process, Practice and Progress: A Case Study of the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Brexit in Wales" International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health 17, no. 18: 6652. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17186652

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