- San Francisco Eastern Neighborhoods Community Health Impact Assessment
- Increasingly, public health and urban planning professionals understand that neighborhood design directly influences human health outcomes. Health impact assessment (HIA) is a new planning and assessment tool being used in Europe and the United States to judge the effects of a policy, program or project on the health of a population. Conceptually similar to the environmental impact assessment process, HIA aims to improve health and health equity by providing decision-makers with information on what potential changes in health determinants might result from a new policy or project. For example, an HIA might examine an employment, zoning, or transport policy, and assess the effects that changes in environmental or social factors might have on the health of a population.
- In November 2004, the San Francisco Department of Public Health (SFDPH) in partnership with public agencies, community organizations, technical experts, and CCP convened the Eastern Neighborhoods Community Health Impact Assessment (ENCHIA). The ENCHIA, occurring in parallel with the San Francisco Planning Department’s Eastern Neighborhoods Planning Process, aims to analyze how community planning and real estate development in the Mission, South of Market, and Potrero Hill/Showplace Square neighborhoods can promote community and individual health. The Center is providing consultation on strategic direction, process design, and staff/stakeholder training for the project.
- The assessment is a consensus-building process involving a Community Council of over 30 public and private organizations and facilitated by SFDPH staff. Since convening, the Council has agreed on a vision of a “healthy city” and has identified a series of objectives and indictors to assess the state and progress of the healthy city vision. To complete this, the group is undergoing a comprehensive examination of multiple factors that influence health, including housing adequacy, access to goods and services, schools, parks and public spaces, transit, quality pedestrians and bicycle environments, energy consumption, air quality and noise, employment and economic health, safety, equity, community cohesion, and civic participation. Thus far, the ENCHIA has produced data profiles for many of these factors in the geographic areas under study. It has also identified strategies for improving health through community design. The next steps for the ENCHIA process include researching and prioritizing these strategies and developing a communication plan. The findings and recommendations of the ENCHIA process will be synthesized into a Community Health Impact Report (CHIR) which will help to inform the public, city agency staff, the Planning Commission and the Board of Supervisors on the plans and zoning controls for these neighborhoods.
- Draft community health assessment of the Eastern Neighborhood Area Plans using San Francisco's Healthy Development Measurement Tool: http://www.thehdmt.org/etc/HDMT.EN.Eval_12.25.2007.pdf
- For information about the Healthy Development Measurement Tool and for community health information visit: http://www.thehdmt.org/
- World Health Organization Health Impact Assessment http://www.who.int/hia/about/en/
- California Mental Health Planning Council Strategic Plan
- The California Mental Health Planning Council, mandated by federal and state statute, is a multicultural consumer, family, provider, and advocate organization providing oversight to the California Department of Mental Health regarding accessibility, availability, and accountability of the State's mental health system. Sarah facilitated a two-day strategic planning retreat in January 2011. To prepare for the event, the Center conducted a situation assessment, interviewing key stakeholders and examining how the Planning Council’s efforts matched with their federal and state mandates. The strategic planning event, held in San Diego, began with a scan of the external environment, reviewed and updated the group’s mission and vision statements, set five-year goals and began to craft actions to implement the goals. A professional graphic recorder assisted the group on the first day of the session. Participants spoke earnestly about how powerful the visuals were and how much they deepened their experience.