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Health Impact Project Receives Funding From The California Endowment To Help Build Healthier Communities

Media Coverage Nov 26, 2011 Health Impact Project

WASHINGTON - The Health Impact Project, a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, today announced that The California Endowment will support up to two health impact assessment (HIA) demonstrations in California.

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Ten Public Health Institutes Chosen for In-Depth HIA Training

Media Coverage Nov 17, 2011 Health Impact Project

The Health Impact Project and National Network of Public Health Institutes (NNPHI) have chosen the 10 public health institutes (PHIs) that will participate in a two-day, in-person, health impact assessment (HIA) training at the Pew Conference Center in Washington, DC, November 29-30, 2011.

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Commentary: ''N.Y. has to really study gas drilling impact''

In the News Nov 15, 2011 Health Impact Project

"When Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he would let science and health concerns drive his decision about issuing permits for hydraulic fracturing natural gas wells, we were encouraged. When we read the draft Supplemental Generic Environmental Impact Statement prepared by the state Department of Environmental Conservation, however, that encouragement evaporated."

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HIA Mentorship Project Selects Local Health Departments, Mentor Organizations

Media Coverage Nov 10, 2011 Health Impact Project

The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Mentorship Project has selected four local health departments and mentor organizations to participate in a joint effort to complete an HIA. The Mentorship Program came about through the combined efforts of the Health Impact Project and the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).

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''Change Your Neighborhood, Improve Your Health''

In the News Oct 20, 2011 Health Impact Project

"When a U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) offered a program in the 1990s to move families out of poor neighborhoods, it created a unique opportunity not only to improve people’s day-to-day lives, but also to study how a change in environment might impact their health over the long term."

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''NY doctors want health study of gas drilling''

In the News Oct 5, 2011 Health Impact Project
"More than 250 doctors and other health care professionals have signed a letter to Gov. Andrew Cuomo seeking a comprehensive human health study of the state's proposal to permit new deep drilling for natural gas across the Marcellus Shale region of upstate New York." More

''Making the Case for Health Impact Assessments''

Media Coverage Sep 9, 2011 Health Impact Project

"In 2007, developers of a planned senior-housing project in Oakland, California, decided to move the entrance from adjacent to a busy highway to a quiet courtyard. The change would make it safer for residents as they walked to and from home. The idea, from an Oakland-based group called Human Impact Partners, addressed a small but nonetheless important health concern that might otherwise have been ignored."

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''Health Impact Assessments Are Needed In Decision Making About Environmental And Land-Use Policy''

Opinion May 1, 2011 Health Impact Project

"The importance to public health of environmental decisions—including those about land use, transportation, power generation, agriculture, and environmental regulation—is increasingly well documented. Yet many decision makers in fields not traditionally focused on health continue to pay little if any attention to the important health effects of their work."

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''Environmental Groups Get In Some Target Practice''

Media Coverage Jan 31, 2011 Environmental Health (Kid-Safe Chemicals)

"The otherwise-routine reauthorization of the Consumer Product Safety Commission this year demonstrated the environmental movement's growing clout over the chemical industry. The new law, advocates say, reverses long-standing practice because it requires the chemical industry to prove the safety of some products before they reach the public."

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''Toxic Suspicions Could Fuel Regulatory Overhaul''

Media Coverage Jan 31, 2011 Environmental Health (Kid-Safe Chemicals)

"Environmentalists want to ban BPA -- and also shift the burden of proof for all chemicals."

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