Environmental assessment and health impact assessment

Vohra, Salim ORCID: 0000-0002-5658-8865, Orenstein, Marla, Viliani, Francesca, Cave, Ben, Harris-Roxas, Ben and Silva, Filipe (2018) Environmental assessment and health impact assessment. In: Oxford Textbook of Nature and Public Health. Oxford Textbooks in Public Health . Oxford University Press, Oxford, UK, pp. 304-311. ISBN 9780198725916

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Abstract

HIA and EA are approaches and processes that support better, healthier, and more sustainable policy development and decisionmaking. When undertaken well, and when valued and applied, they can also help to support better, more informed, transparent and democratic policy development and decision- making processes. However, they are not a panacea; rather, they constitute one important piece of the policy development and decision- making puzzle. Public health practitioners need to increase their knowledge and understanding of EA and HIA. They should improve their links with EA and HIA specialists. They also need to proactively and consistently undertake and commission assessments of health either within EA or as stand alone HIAs. Public health practitioners would also do well to oversee and scrutinize the scope of work for, and the findings of, EAs and HIAs that are commissioned and undertaken by others in the localities in which they work. By doing so, public health practitioners can help to advance the agenda of improving health for all by acting on the upstream determinants of health and bringing together key actors across society.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Medicine and health > Health promotion and public health
Medicine and health
Depositing User: Salim Vohra
Date Deposited: 15 Feb 2018 14:04
Last Modified: 22 Feb 2018 09:22
URI: http://repository.uwl.ac.uk/id/eprint/4431

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