Report Offers Path for Weighing Health Consequences of Polices, Projects – Sept. 8 Briefing


Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment, a new report from the National Research Council, offers guidance to officials in the public and private sectors on conducting health impact assessments (HIAs) to evaluate public health consequences of proposed decisions -- such as those to build a major roadway, plan a city's growth, or develop national agricultural policies.  In addition, the report examines how HIAs at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels, including the private sector, could help minimize adverse health impacts and optimize beneficial ones. 



Advance copies will be available to reporters only beginning at noon EDT, Wednesday, Sept. 7.  The report is embargoed and not for public release before 9 a.m. EDT Thursday, Sept. 8.  Several members of the committee that wrote the report will discuss their findings and take questions at a one-hour public briefing starting at 9 a.m. EDT on the eighth floor of the Venable Conference Center, 575 Seventh St., N.W., Washington, D.C.  Reporters can obtain copies or register to attend the briefing by contacting the National Academies' Office of News and Public Information; tel. 202-334-2138 or e-mail