Although Health Impact Assessments (HIA) have been used in Europe for some time, they are just now emerging as a powerful tool in the US. HIA provides decision-makers with information about how any policy, program or project may affect the health of people. Join Dialogue4Health (D4H) for an interactive web forum that brings together well known experts from across the country who will share perspectives from city planning, local government, community, and the Centers for Disease Control.
Gil Kelley is an urban and strategic planning consultant based in Portland, OR advising city, county and regional governments on strategies for addressing climate change, sustainable urban development and organizational aspects of local planning and development functions. Prior to this, Gil served as Director of Planning for the City of Portland for 9 years and as Director of Planning and Development for the City of Berkeley, California for 10 years. Gil is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Metropolitan Studies at Portland State University and is at work on a publication entitled “The Intentional City”. He teaches a Master Class each fall at the University of Amsterdam, NL for senior-level European planning professionals. In addition to being a Loeb Fellow during the next academic year, Gil will also be a Lincoln Loeb Fellow at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy and will explore what makes an “intentional city” and possible dimensions of “new governance”, where leaders, developers, designers and citizens work together more effectively to create great urban places.
Rajiv Bhatia,MD, MPH has served as the Director of Occupational and Environmental Health for the San Francisco Department of Public Health since 1998. Trained in medicine, epidemiology, and environmental health, in this position he has developed and implemented environmental health policy for San Francisco and broadened his agency’s environmental health practice to extend to labor rights, working conditions, housing design, land use and transportation policy and planning, and community foods resources. Dr. Bhatia has been a pioneer in the field of health impact assessment (HIA) and has applied HIA to analyze and inform local public policy and to integrate health considerations within Environmental Impact Assessment. Dr. Bhatia teaches a graduate course on the health impacts of public policy at the University of California at Berkeley and regularly conducts HIA trainings for peers, public institutions, and community organizations.
Jonathan Heller, Ph.D. is the co-founder and Director of Human Impact Partners. At HIP, he has worked collaboratively on many Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) including HIAs on the built environment (e.g., general plan updates, specific area plans, and development projects) and on other policies (e.g., paid sick days legislation). Prior to HIP, Jonathan worked for nine years in the biotechnology industry. Jonathan received his bachelors degree from Harvard University. He spent 1990 and 1991 in the Peace Corps in Papua New Guinea. Upon his return, Jonathan got his doctorate at University of California, Berkeley in Biophysics, where he was a Howard Hughes Pre-doctoral Fellow.
Andrew Dannenberg, MD, MPH, is Team Lead for the Healthy Community Design Initiative and Associate Director for Science in the Division of Emergency and Environmental Health Services in the National Center for Environmental Health (NCEH), at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. Dr. Dannenberg oversees activities in NCEH related to examining the health aspects of community design including land use, transportation, urban planning, and other issues related to the built environment. He has a particular focus on the use of a health impact assessment as a tool to inform community planners about the health consequences of their decisions. Dr. Dannenberg is an adjunct professor of epidemiology and of environmental and occupational health at the Emory University Rollins School of Public Health. Previously he served as Director of CDC’s Division of Applied Public Health Training, as Preventive Medicine Residency director and as an injury prevention epidemiologist on the faculty at the Johns Hopkins School of Public Health in Baltimore, and as a cardiovascular epidemiologist at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda. Dr. Dannenberg received an MD from Stanford University and an MPH from Johns Hopkins University, and completed a family medicine residency at the Medical University of South Carolina.
Jennifer Lucky, MPH, is a Research Associate at Human Impact Partners. In addition to conducting Health Impact Assessments, Jennifer currently leads HIP’s HIA Training program, which aims to build capacity among community organizations, public agencies and other stakeholders to conduct HIA and apply findings and recommendations to effectively bring health to the forefront of decision-making. Prior to her work with HIP Jennifer was involved with on a number of initiatives throughout the state that aimed to address environmental health and justice issues by bridging the gap between scientific research and community advocacy.
As Director of Public Health Policy and Advocacy for the Public Health Institute (PHI), Matthew is responsible for designing and implementing PHI strategy for monitoring and influencing public policy, legislation and regulations affecting PHI projects and public health policy relevant to PHI interests.
Matthew was previously Chief of the Policy, Partnerships and Planning Unit within the Cancer Prevention and Nutrition Section of the California Department of Public Health, where he provided support for policy development, legislative analysis and government relations, and oversaw the policy and partnership activities of the Network for a Healthy California.
Matthew is originally from London, England where he worked as an advocate for community based childcare organizations and as Adviser for Policy and Strategy within the Early Years and Childcare Unit of the Department of Education and Skills.
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