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Keep up to date with all the latest news and information from Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit


09 July 20

A Health Impact Assessment of the ‘Staying at Home and Social Distancing Policy’ in Wales in response to the COVID-19 pandemic: Main Findings report published

The Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit, WHO Collaborating Centre on Investment for Health and Well-being, Public Health Wales published ‘A Health Impact Assessment of the Staying at Home and Social Distancing Policy in Wales in response to COVID-19 pandemic. Executive Summary' on 22nd June 2020. Following on from this, the Main Findings report and Supplementary Information report have been published today, which provide a comprehensive appraisal of the Welsh Government’s ‘Staying at Home’ policy on the health and wellbeing of the people of Wales and the evidence utilised to support the findings. These two reports complete the reporting for the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) carried out.

14 May 20

The merits of using Health Impact Assessment in the planning of urban ‘car-free-day’ interventions – a case study from Cardiff, Wales UK

Air pollution is the largest environmental risk to health (WHO, 2016). One approach trialled by Cardiff Council to reduce air pollution from traffic sources is to make urban streets traffic-free and promote active, sustainable travel. But how can the success of such an intervention be assessed? Could opportunities to reduce air pollution coincide with opportunities to improve health and reduce inequalities? Is there potential for unintended consequences? This case study illustrates how the application of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) can help do this in a variety of ways to inform decisions and future actions.

13 March 20

Quality Assurance Framework and new interactive checklists and tools available

Click here to view our Quality Assurance Framework along with our newly designed Health Impact Assessment interactive tools and checklists.

14 February 20

Placemaking, Health & Wellbeing Workshop, Cardiff

The Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) delivered ‘Placemaking, Health & Wellbeing Workshop’ in Cardiff on 30th January 2020. Themes for the day focussed on provided diverse examples and perspectives of collaboration and good practice between health and spatial planning. Presentations are now available.

10 February 20

Online documentation of the preconference Health Impact Assessment (HIA) institutionalization and multisectoral collaboration in Europe

We are happy to inform you, that the abstracts and presentations of the pre-conference “Health Impact Assessment (HIA) institutionalization and multisectoral collaboration in Europe”, held on 20th november 2019 in marseille are online now.

27 January 20

The Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) will be delivering a webinar entitled ‘Participatory and Equity Focussed Health Impact Assessment (HIA)’

The Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) will be delivering a webinar entitled ‘Participatory and Equity Focussed Health Impact Assessment (HIA)’ on 5th March 2020 via the medium of Skype. The webinar is aimed at representatives from World Health Organization member states who would like to learn more about the Welsh approach to HIA, including how HIA has developed and been used in Wales. The session will also cover the work of WHIASU, for example its training and resources, and is aimed at those who are interested in discussing how learning from this approach can be applied in different member states and regions.

17 January 20

WHIASU Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework Case Study Published

A case study on how WHIASU used the Public Health Skills and Knowledge Framework to develop a skills and knowledge framework for Health Impact Assessment practice was published on the 17th January by Public Health England.

07 January 20

Trade, health and well-being event

As a result of the decision to leave the EU, the UK will be developing its own independent trade policy for the first time in over 40 years. This has significant implications for a range of the determinants of health and well-being in Wales including food standards, environmental protection, tobacco and alcohol regulations, as well as economic and working conditions.

15 November 19

Placemaking, Health & Wellbeing Workshop

Following the great success of the ‘Reconnecting Health and Land Use Planning in Wales workshop’ we are pleased to invite you to attend the Placemaking, Health & Wellbeing’ Workshop which will be delivered by Public Health Wales.

13 November 19

WHIASU Autumn Newsletter

The WHIASU team would like to share with you their latest news and achievements over the past couple of months.