Health Impact Assessment

The Florida HIA Consortium

Health Impact Assessments (HIA) use data collection and analysis, health expertise and public discourse to determine the effects of policies, projects and programs on community health. HIA is used to objectively inform a diverse group of stakeholders and promote the consideration of health in multiple contexts. 
The Florida Public Health Institute (FPHI) is leading efforts to form and sustain a statewide Health Impact Assessment (HIA) collaborative - the Florida HIA Consortium – to provide the infrastructure needed to increase the statewide use of HIA. 
Working together with the Florida Department of Health (FDOH), Florida universities and regional and health planning councils, FPHI is currently guiding the Consortium through a period of strategic planning, growth and the completion of HIAs throughout the state.

 Florida: Health Impact Assessment Final Report


Assessing the Health Impacts of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

To date, the efforts undertaken as part of the Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Compact (Compact) have largely focused on the impacts of sea level rise and greenhouse gas emissions on the built environment and natural systems. The proposed Health Impact Assessment (HIA) will expand this lens to comprehensively assess the recommendations in the Compact’s Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) to determine the effects of climate change on the health of this region and the distribution of those effects throughout the population to inform a holistic approach while minimizing negative health outcomes. The HIA has the potential to describe health impacts to the 5.6 million residents from Broward, Miami-Dade, Palm Beach and Monroe Counties, which represents 30 percent of Florida's population and which exceeds the population of 30 states. Therefore, an understanding of the widespread impact of climate change on the health of millions of constituents will be of value to jurisdictions, stakeholders, and decision-makers at multiple governmental and community levels.
The Compact is currently lending support to the Southeast Florida Partnership in the development of a 7-county, 50-year Prosperity Plan in the area of climate resilience and will share HIA findings with the partnership. Within the next two years, the Compact will begin to prioritize areas to implement the RCAP. In the screening phase, the HIA will be designed to be timely so its findings and recommendations are able to assist decision-makers and jurisdictions within the Compact planning area and the seven county region in understanding the local health implications of climate change in each of the seven sections of the Climate Change Compact's Action Plan: (1) Sustainable Communities and Transportation Planning, (2) Water Supply, Management and Infrastructure, (3) Natural Systems, (4) Agriculture, (5) Energy and Fuel, (6) Risk Reduction and Emergency Management, and (7) Outreach and Public Policy.

Click here to view: Southeast Florida Regional Climate Action Plan

                                  Regional Climate Action Plan (RCAP) HIA Steering Committee


Impact of Allocating Resources toward Access to Healthy Foods Strategies in an Underserved South Florida Community

The FPHI Health Impact Assessment (HIA) entitled Impacts of Allocating Resources towards Access to Healthy Foods Strategies in an Underserved South Florida Community examined the impact of allocating funding from Broward County’s Transforming Our Community's Health Initiative toward access to healthy foods (AHF) strategies. Using empirical literature and existing data sets, it established a baseline, synthesized existing information and informed a comprehensive approach to nutritional health in underserved Broward communities.  Findings were presented to the Broward Regional Health Planning Council, the funding agency, and community partners. This HIA was developed in order to aid funding decisions that will positively impact health in Broward County.

 Access the report here. 


Impact of Allocating Resources toward Access to Healthy Foods Strategies in an Underserved South Florida Community