Aaron Wernham

Director, Health Impact Project, , The Pew Charitable Trusts
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Dr. Aaron Wernham is the director of the Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, established to promote and support the use of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in the United States.

Dr. Wernham was a member of the National Research Council’s Committee on HIA, led multiple HIAs and HIA trainings, and collaborated with and advised numerous state and federal agencies on HIA. Prior to joining Pew, Dr. Wernham served as a senior policy analyst with the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium where he headed a joint state-tribal-federal working group that developed HIA guidance for federal and state environmental regulatory and permitting efforts. 

Dr. Wernham received his medical degree from the University of California, San Francisco and his master’s degree in health and medical sciences from the University of California, Berkeley. He is board certified in family medicine, and served as clinical faculty in a University of California, Davis family practice residency program.


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Health Impact Assessment Grants Awarded to Make Health a Routine Part of Decision-Making

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The Health Impact Project announced seven grants to help bring health considerations into public policy decisions on transportation, education, housing, and other sectors of the economy and U.S. society.


NYT: House Plan on Food Stamps Would Cut 5 Million From Program

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Nearly half a million people who receive food stamps but still do not get enough to eat would lose their eligibility for the program under proposed cuts that are expected to be taken up again by Congress. An additional 160,000 to 305,000 recipients who do get enough to eat would also lose their eligibility and the ability to adequately feed themselves.


''Health Impact Assessments Take on Broader Role in Cities and States''

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Aaron Wernham, director of the Health Impact Project discusses the benefits of health impact assessments in this edition of Governing.


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The Rise of HIAs in the United States

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The field of health impact assessments is growing quickly as more and more cities and states are finding HIAs to be a useful way to bring health ino the conversation. View the infographic for more information about the rise of HIAs in the United States. More

Health Impact Assessment: National Nutrition Standards for Snack and a la Carte Foods and Beverages Sold in Schools


Updating national nutrition standards for snack foods and beverages sold in schools could help students maintain a healthy weight and increase food service revenue, according to a health impact assessment by the Kids’ Safe & Healthful Foods Project and the Health Impact Project.

Watch a video examining the impact of updated USDA standards for snack and a la carte foods and beverages.


National Research Council Report


The National Research Council report offers guidance to officials in the public and private sectors on conducting health impact assessment (HIA) to evaluate public health consequences of proposed decisions.


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