Using Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) to Foster Walk-Friendly Communities (3:30pm – 5pm)

Wednesday October 28, 3:30-5pm

Educating, inspiring, and empowering decision makers consider the health impacts of transportation decisions leads to better outcomes for pedestrian proponents. Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is an innovative tool used to examine health effects of initiatives that do not generally consider health consequences. This workshop will present real situations where health and equity goals are being used to help influence land use and transportation decisions that improve environments for walking. Presenters will engage workshop participants in an interactive discussion to identify potential walking projects in your community appropriate for Health Impact Assessment. The discussion will focus on determining practical activities we can do to empower decision makers to consider the health impact of pedestrians on their choices. This session will highlight findings from HIAs about pedestrian access and safety and discuss how HIA can be used to improve local and regional policy and project decisions. (90 Minute Session)

Moderator: Pam Eidson, MEd, PAPHS, Executive Director, National Physical Activity Society


  • Leigh Ann Von Hagen, AICP/PP, Senior Research Specialist, Alan M. Voorhees Transportation Center, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
  • Pam Eidson, MEd, PAPHS, Executive Director, National Physical Activity Society
  • Susan R. Sutherland, RS, MPH, Public Health Planner, Delaware General Health District (Ohio)