Health impact assessments are an important tool in confronting the nation’s health problems, according to a recent report. Released by the National Research Council, the report presents a six-step framework for conducting health impact assessments.
Findings of the report suggests improvements in the nation’s health will only come about if health impact assessments become widespread. Additionally the report lists several challenges that could hamper the success of health impact assessments. They include “balancing the need to provide timely, valid information, with the realities of varying data quality” and working to ensure quantitative estimates of health effects are provided whenever possible.
Read the summary report.