Special Issue "Cumulative and Integrated Health Impact Assessment"
A special issue of International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (ISSN 1660-4601).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 July 2015)
Many assessments of the impact of the environment on health, focus on a single environmental factor: A specific population group is exposed and health effects are assessed for a limited time span. This may be relevant if that factor is dominant, as, for example, in chemical accidents. However, in the real world, and also in the aftermath of such accidents, people are subjected to a variety of environmental factors from nature and from past and present human activities, which can start even before conception, and continue throughout their whole lifespan. Positive and negative effects of these exposures will lead to accumulating health effects, depending on the vulnerability and resilience of the exposed people at the time of exposure and thereafter. To assess the impact of human activities on the health of people affected by such activities, this demands a cumulative or integrated heath impact assessment (see: The Cumulative Effects Assessment Working Group, Cumulative Effects Assessment Practitioners’ Guide, 1999; Briggs, D.J. 2008, doi:10.1186/1476-069X-7-61).
In this Special Issue we want to explore the state of the art of cumulative and integrated health impact assessments. Our focus is on public health effects from changes in environmental exposures. The exposome concept is a promising method of incorporating comprehensive health impact assessments (see: Wild, C.P., 2008, doi:10.1186/1476-069X-7-61). However, health and health impacts can only be properly understood when taking cultural, social and psychosocial factors into account (see: Huynen, M.M., et al., 2005, doi:10.1186/1744-8603-1-14). Therefore, we hope to receive contributions on the following aspects:
- How to assess past, present and future exposures and their impacts in present and future generations?
- Exposure indicators: how to characterize the exposome?
- Determining the geographic scale of exposures and health impact assessment.
- Health indicators: how to characterize health impacts?
- Dominant exposures and multiple effects, e.g. agricultural pesticides in rural communities.
- Multiple exposures and dominant effects, e.g. cancer in urban environments.
- Gene-environment interactions: influence on vulnerability and resilience.
Prof. Dr. Wim Passchier
Prof. Dr. Luc Hens
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- health impact assessment
- cumulative assessment
- integrated assessment
- exposure assessment
- health indicators
- human vulnerability
- human resilience