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Pre-conference to the 12th European Public Health Conference

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) institutionalization and multisectoral collaboration in Europe

Wednesday 20 November 2019, 09:00 - 17:30
Marseille Chanot, Palais des Congrès et des Expositions, Room Samena, Marseille, France

Organised by:
European Public Health Association (EUPHA) HIA Section, World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe, International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Health Section, National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU)/Public Health Wales (PHW)

The importance of health impact assessment (HIA) has been recognized and promoted through diverse international frameworks, statements and policies. However, only a limited number of countries or regions have developed HIA as a statutory process. While HIA is seen as a beneficial tool to support and enable Health in All Policies and intersectoral collaboration, it needs to advance and evolve into a tool that is consistently and routinely used to facilitate and maximise health and well-being and reduce and address inequalities.

Furthermore, as health is impacted by policies and decisions taken outside of the health sectors, health inclusive environmental assessments play an important role in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). For example, the integration of health into city planning can improve health and health determinants through more compact, efficient design of housing, transport, green spaces and other infrastructures. Thus, not only it ensures healthy lives and promotes well-being for all at all ages (SDG3) but also supports achieving sustainable cities and communities (SDG 11), builds resilient infrastructure, promotes inclusive and sustainable industrialization (SDG 9) among others.

While HIAs are mostly conducted voluntarily, environmental assessments such as Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA) and Strategic Environmental Assessments (SEA) are carried out based on legal regulations. By 2017 the revised EU Directive (2011/92/EU) on EIA had to be transposed into national legislation. Importantly the new Directive (2014/52/EU) includes explicitly “population, and human health” in the list of topics to be considered in an EIA. However, the directive does not provide a specific definition for any of the two terms, nor guidance on how to assess the potential health effects related to a project, or the necessary qualifications of professionals tasked with the assessment of these effects. To this respect, public health professionals need to become aware of the regulations of environmental assessments to be able to answer to the environmental experts question on possible health impacts, assess these impacts and if needed give their consent to projects.

The aims of this pre-conference are to strengthen the knowledge on HIA in Europe, to share experiences in institutionalizing HIA and integrating a broad consideration of health and well-being, the use of HIA in environmental assessments and other impact assessments, as well as sharing the latest research on HIA.

The book of abstracts can be found here.


Opening Piedad Martin-Olmedo, Vice-President EUPHA (HIA)
Keynote: Challenges and perspectives for health impact assessment development in France Francoise Jabot & Ana Rivadeneyra, France
Session 1 – Institutionalization of HIA across Europe Odile Mekel, President EUPHA (HIA)
The use of HIA to support the plan for a cleaner air - Presentation Mathilde Pascal, France
Institutionalization of HIA: what's going on in Portugal? - Presentation Luciana Costa, Portugal 
HIA in context - Presentation Rainer Fehr, Germany 
Session 2 – Using HIA inside and outside the health sector Teresa Caldas de Almeida, Portugal
The Villeneuve renovation program Health Impact Assessment - Presentation Lucie Anzivino, France
Legacy of Paris 2024 Olympics bid: a rapid HIA - Presentation Muriel Dubreuil, France
Towards a neighbourhood with positive health in a working class district of eastern Paris - Presentation Agnès Lefranc, France
Strategic assessment of neighbourhood environmental impacts on mental health in the Lisbon Region (Portugal) - Presentation Adriana Loureiro, Portugal
Front-of-package nutrition labelling: HIA approach Andreia Jorge Silva, Portugal
Poster walk Luciana Costa, Portugal
Knowledge and Attitude towards the Gradual Reduction of Salt in Bread – an Online Survey - Presentation Alexandra Costa, Portugal
Assessing systematically the impact of urban projects on health and social inequalities in health - Presentation Jeanne Blanc-Fevrier, France 
Perspectives of Strategic Environmental Assessment Practitioners on considering population and human health - Presentation Ciara Logue, United Kingdom
HIA on the Adoption of Recommendations regarding Urban Operations in the Reconversion of Industrial Areas with Contaminated Soils: Parque das Nações Case study - Presentation Joana Santos, Portugal
Assessing potential health gains of intervention measures by modelling alternative scenarios for HIA in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) - Presentation Monika Mensing, Germany
Improving all student’s health through Municipal policy: a health impact assessment in Chambery, France  - Presentation Lucie Anzivino, France 
Session 3 - The role of HIA in achieving Health in All Policies and the SDGs Ben Cave, United Kingdom
The Public Health Implications of Brexit in Wales: A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) approach - Presentation Liz Green, United Kingdom
HIA of a Danish policy document on closing down the ghetto areas - Presentation Gabriel Gulis, Denmark 
Exploring the utility of HIA as a participatory approach within Health in All Policies - Presentation Katie Hirono, United Kingdom
Salt reduction in bread: Is it enough? Preliminary results of a HIA in Portugal - Presentation Joana Santos, Portugal 
Session 4 – Integrating HIA in environmental assessments Julia Nowacki, Germany
HIA of the Wylfa Nuclear Power Plant - Presentation Ben Cave & Liz Green, United Kingdom
HIA of the development plan of Geneva International Airport, Switzerland: what effectiveness? - Presentation Nicola Cantoreggi, Switzerland 
Integrating HIA in environmental assessments: practical examples and policy mobilization - Presentation Birgitte Fischer-Bonde & Sarah Humboldt-Dachenroeden, Denmark 
The situation of implementation HIA in the Czech Republic – HIA and technological support via GIS - Presentation Jana Loosová & Jiri Šmída, Czech Republic 
Integrating health in EIA: a practitioner’s experience - Presentation Senuri Mahamithawa, United Kingdom
Open questions and closing comments Liz Green, United Kingdom


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