Introduction

The Scottish Health and Inequalities Impact Assessment Network (SHIIAN) is open to anyone working or planning to work on health impact assessments (HIA) and health inequalities impact assessments in Scotland. The network has been running since 2001, following the recommendation of the Review of the Public Health Function.

Aim

To increase the application and quality of Health Impact Assessments (including Health Inequalities Impact Assessment) and improve coverage of health issues in other assessment processes in order to contribute to improvements in policies and plans that will enhance population health and reduce health inequalities.

Objectives

  • To increase the visibility and credibility of SHIIAN as a source of advice and support with HIA
  • To promote the use of HIA and HIIA
  • To improve coverage of health, including differential impacts, in other assessment processes
  • To improve access to high quality evidence for use in HIA and other assessments

Some of SHIIAN’s older work is available on the NHS Health Scotland website.

At present, the network communicates regularly by email to share ideas, issues and experiences. There are smaller working groups that undertake specific tasks.

Meetings are organised about specific themes or projects that are of interest to members and the wider public health and health improvement community. To find out more, join our mailing list by contacting: martin.higgins@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

Recent News

50 000 New Homes: A Health Impact Assessment

SHIIAN have been working on a HIA for the 50 000 new affordable homes pledged by the Scottish Government.

“The Scottish Government has made a commitment to deliver 50,000 new affordable homes over the next five years and has identified a budget of £3 billion to support this. There is growing awareness of the importance of good quality housing to support good health. This health impact assessment (HIA) aimed to identify and assess the likely health impacts of the commitment to 50,000 affordable homes in order to make recommendations to enhance these impacts.”

A steering group was formed and a report has been published (please see ‘Reports and Publications’.

Unconventional Gas and Oil in Scotland

SHIIAN worked with Health Protection Scotland recently on a Health Impact Assessment of Unconventional Gas and Oil in Scotland.

The Health Impact Assessment (HIA) followed a standard model to identify the health-related issues associated with Unconventional Oil and Gas (UOG) development. This process incorporated consultation with a range of stakeholders (see Stakeholder Events below) in Scotland with an interest in the topic, ranging from community groups concerned about the impacts on local areas, to the oil and gas industry. The HIA was designed to address the issues raised by these stakeholders, by carrying out a review of published international scientific literature and by assessing the quality of the available evidence, in order to draw conclusions.

http://www.hps.scot.nhs.uk/enviro/unconventionalgas.aspx#

SOPHIA

Margaret Douglas attended the SOPHIA (Society of Practitioners of HIA) workshop in Oakland, California at the beginning of March. You can see her slides and a report of the workshop here: http://hiasociety.org/?page_id=833

IAPA

There is a call for papers on Health in impact assessment for a special edition of Impact Assessment and Project Appraisal (IAPA) here: https://fischersite.files.wordpress.com/2016/05/iapa-call-for-papers-special-issue-on-health-in-ia_bc.pdf
The UK Parliament Select Committee on National Policy for the Built Environment has now published its report ‘Building Better Places’. 66 conclusions and recommendations were made by the Committee; for further information please see the full report: http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/lords-select/built-environment/

 

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