GWG on Health Impact Assessment

Health impact assessment (HIA) is a methodology and a process for assessing the potential impacts (positive, negative, intended and unintended) of proposed policies, projects or programmes on the health of communities and/or populations. A HIA results in recommendations for changes in those policies, projects or programmes to strengthen the positive effects on health and to reduce avoidable or unfair impacts and the distribution of these.



To support the development of HIA as an approach, practice and process. The mission of the GWG is to assist health and other sectors, and communities to influence public policy, projects or programmes to create social, economic and environmental conditions for health and health equity.




To facilitate the development of, and communicate, theory, policy and practice-derived evidence of the design, application and effectiveness of health impact assessment at international and national levels;

To develop an evidence base for appropriate methodologies to use in the identification step (data collection) of HIAs;

To enable discussion, debate and shared learning among researchers, practitioners, policy makers and communities engaged in health (and other forms of) impact assessment in order to develop a research/practice/policy agenda for advancing HIA

To encourage collaboration among researchers, practitioners, policy makers and communities to build the theory and evidence base informing the practice of health impact assessment; and

To collaborate with policy makers, researchers, practitioners, and communities to ensure that health impact assessment (and related, relevant forms of impact assessment) contributes to reducing (and eliminating) inequities in health.



  • Lea den Broeder, MA MPH, The Netherlands

  • Ben Cave, United Kingdom
  • Hilary Dreaves, United-Kingdom
  • Fiona Haigh, Australia
  • Ben Harris-Roxas, Australia
  • David Houeto, MD, MSc, PhD. Benin
  • Françoise Jabot (MD, MSc, PhD), France
  • Odile Mekel, Germany
  • Monica O’Mullane, Slovakia
  • Marilyn Rice, United-States
  • Ana Rivadeneyra Sicilia, Spain
  • Anne Roué Le Gall, PhD, France
  • Candace Rutt, PhD, United States
  • Louise Signal, New Zealand
  • Jean Simos, Switzerland
  • Louise St-Pierre, Canada
  • Carmel Williams, Australia
  • Marilyn Wise, Australia

Linked to the Global Working Group, a francophone sub-group aims at enabling practitioners and researchers from francophone countries to exchange on the topics and issues put on the agenda of the Global Working Group in the light of francophone cultural contexts. The outcomes of these exchanges are reported to the entire Global Working Group by one member of the sub-group.




-      Supporting the establishment and development of the francophone GWG on HIA sub-group and privision of practical support and technical advice;

-       Developing a workshop for next IUHPE conference on integrating HIA into health promotion training and practice;

-       Investigating the development of new user-friendly rapid HIA tools;

-       Investigating the  consideration of health equity in HIA;

-       Maintaining the IUHPE online repository of best practices in HIA and resources.



Compte-rendu de la session Evaluation d’impact sur la santé: opportunités et défis pour l’action en promotion de la santé


Health Impact Assessment (HIA): a tool for public decision-making towards healthy, sustainable and equitable choices

IUHPE guiding principles and recommendations for the implementation of Health Impact Assessments at the local level. The document is available in English and French.


Canterbury Health in All Policies Partnership (CHIAPP)

Information Sheet 2: Background Information on Health Impact Assessment (HIA) (March, 2012). The document is available in english here