Pre-conference: Health Impact Assessment (HIA) institutionalization and multisectoral collaboration in Europe

Wednesday 20 November, 09:00 - 17:30, Room Samena

Organised by:

European Public Health Association (EUPHA) EUPHA Section Health impact assessment (HIA), International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA) Health Section, National Institute of Health Doutor Ricardo Jorge (INSA), NRW Centre for Health (LZG.NRW), Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU)/Public Health Wales (PHW), World Health Organization (WHO) Regional Office for Europe


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.


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09.00 – 09.30

Opening by the organizers team
Chair: Piedad Martin Olmedo, Vice-President EUPHA (HIA)

  • Key note speech
    Challenges and perspectives for health impact assessment development in France
    Francoise Jabot & Ana Rivadeneyra, France 

09.30 – 10.30

Session 1 – Institutionalization of HIA across Europe results
Chair: Odile Mekel, President EUPHA (HIA)
(15 min./presentation + 15 min. Q/A)

  • The use of HIA to support the plan for a cleaner air - Mathilde Pascal, France
  • Institutionalization of HIA: what's going on in Portugal? - Luciana Costa, Portugal 
  • HIA in context - Rainer Fehr, Germany 

10.30 11.00

Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30 

Session 2 – Using HIA inside and outside the health sector 
Chair: Teresa Caldas de Almeida, Portugal
(15 min./presentation + 15 min. Q/A)

  • The Villeneuve renovation program Health Impact Assessment - Lucie Anzinivo, France
  • Legacy of Paris 2024 Olympics bid: a rapid HIA - Muriel Dubreuil, France
  • Towards a neighbourhood with positive health in a working class district of eastern Paris - Agnes Lefranc, France
  • Strategic assessment of neighbourhood environmental impacts on mental health in the Lisbon Region (Portugal) - Adriana Loureiro, Portugal
  • Front-of-package nutrition labelling: HIA approach - Andreia Jorge Silva, Portugal 

12.30 13.45

Lunch break and poster walk/presentations in small groups
Chair: Luciana Costa, Portugal
(5 min./poster)

  • Knowledge and Attitude towards the Gradual Reduction of Salt in Bread – an Online Survey - Alexandra Costa, Portugal
  • Assessing systematically the impact of urban projects on health and social inequalities in health - Jeanne Blanc-Fevrier, France 
  • Perspectives of Strategic Environmental Assessment Practitioners on considering population and human health - 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 - Ausenda Machado, Portugal
  • Assessing potential health gains of intervention measures by modelling alternative scenarios for HIA in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) - Monika Mensing, Germany
  • Improving all student’s health through Municipal policy: a health impact assessment in Chambery, France - Lucie Anzivino, France

13.45 – 15.00

Session 3 - The role of HIA in achieving Health in All Policies and the SDGs: practical examples and policy mobilization
Chair: Ben Cave, United Kingdom
(15 min./presentation + 15 min. Q/A)

  • The Public Health Implications of Brexit in Wales: A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) approach - Liz Green, United Kingdom
  • HIA of a Danish policy document on closing down the ghetto areas - Gabriel Gulis, Denmark
  • Exploring the utility of HIA as a participatory approach within Health in All Policies - Katie Hirono, United Kingdom
  • Salt reduction in bread: Is it enough? Preliminary results of a HIA in Portugal - Joana Santos, Portugal

15.00 – 15.30

Coffee break


15.30 – 17.00

Session 4 – Integrating HIA in environmental assessments: practical examples and policy mobilization
Chair: Julia Nowacki, Germany
(15 min./presentation + 15 min. Q/A)

  • HIA of the Wylfa Nuclear Power Plant - Ben Cave & Liz Green, United Kingdom
  • HIA of the development plan of Geneva International Airport, Switzerland: what effectiveness? - Nicola Cantoreggi, Switzerland
  • Integrating HIA in environmental assessments: practical examples and policy mobilization - Birgitte Fisher Bonde & Sarah Humboldt-Dachenroeden, Denmark 
  • The situation of implementation HIA in the Czech Republic – HIA and technological support via GIS - Jana Loosova & Jiri Smida, Czech Republic
  • Integrating health in EIA: a practitioner’s experience - Senuri Mahamithawa, United Kingdom

17.00 – 17.30

Open questions and closing comments 
Chair: Liz Green, United Kingdom


Please note: Program still subject to change. Presenters will have to confirm their attendance by registering for the pre-conference through the EPH Conference system.

Registration fee

The registration fee is € 140 which includes networking lunch and refreshments.