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Current Global Health Impact Assessment Practice

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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17(9), 2988; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17092988
Received: 25 March 2020 / Revised: 21 April 2020 / Accepted: 23 April 2020 / Published: 25 April 2020
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Health Impact Assessment)
Health impact assessment (HIA) practice has expanded across the world, since it was established more than two decades ago. This paper presents a snapshot of current global HIA practice based on the findings of an online questionnaire survey. HIA practitioners from all world regions were invited to participate. A total of 122 HIA practitioners from 29 countries completed the survey, following a broad international outreach effort. The large variety in the types of HIAs conducted, and the application of HIA in various fields reported by respondents, demonstrates that HIA practice has evolved over the past two decades. Although differences in the use of HIA were reported across world regions, an overall increasing trend in global HIA practice can be observed. In order to sustain this upward trend, efforts are needed to address the main barriers in the utilisation of HIA. The establishment of new national and international HIA teaching and training offerings seems to be an obvious strategy to pursue along with the strengthening of policies and legal frameworks that specify the circumstances, under which HIA is required, and to what extent. View Full-Text
Keywords: determinants of health; health impact assessment; planetary health; sustainable development goals determinants of health; health impact assessment; planetary health; sustainable development goals
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Winkler, M.S.; Furu, P.; Viliani, F.; Cave, B.; Divall, M.; Ramesh, G.; Harris-Roxas, B.; Knoblauch, A.M. Current Global Health Impact Assessment Practice. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2020, 17, 2988. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17092988

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Winkler MS, Furu P, Viliani F, Cave B, Divall M, Ramesh G, Harris-Roxas B, Knoblauch AM. Current Global Health Impact Assessment Practice. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2020; 17(9):2988. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17092988

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Winkler, Mirko S.; Furu, Peter; Viliani, Francesca; Cave, Ben; Divall, Mark; Ramesh, Geetha; Harris-Roxas, Ben; Knoblauch, Astrid M. 2020. "Current Global Health Impact Assessment Practice" Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 17, no. 9: 2988. https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph17092988

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