Health Impact Assessments

A Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a tool using a flexible, data-driven approach to identify the potential health consequences of new policies to develop practical strategies to enhance their health benefits and minimize advser effects. The six steps include Screening, Scoping, Assessment, Recommendations, Reporting, and Monitoring & Evaluation.

The Center for Health Equity is building our capacity to work alongside community and other stakeholders to conduct HIAs. 

For more information on Health Impact Assessments and their potential use in Louisville, contact us at 502-574-6616.

Parental Incarceration, Children’s Health, and an Opportunity to Shift the Future

Can Family Responsibility Statements Improve Children’s Health in Metro Louisville?: A Health Impact Assessment  

In 2018, the Special Project Coalition, in partnership with the Center for Health Equity, released an HIA assessing the health impact of incarceration on children. Additionally, the assessment looks at the impact of utilizing a Family Responsibility Statement within the court system. Download the full document here.



Repealing the Louisville Metro Abandoned Urban Property Tax

The Abandoned Urban Property Tax (AUP) was established in July 1990 as a property tax at three times the normal rate to be levied against abandoned1 properties in the Urban Services District of Louisville, KY. Similar taxes, colloquially called blight taxes, have also been enacted in various states and localities. In November 2017, the Vacant & Public Property Administration requested a Health Impact Assessment be conducted by the Center for Health Equity within Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness on the decision to repeal the AUP.



Reducing Homicide using Drone Technology

Louisville Metro Government has employed a range of initiatives to address the rising homicide rate, including the development of the Office for Safe and Healthy Neighborhoods in 2013 and directed funding to LMPD initiatives specific to reducing homicide and gun violence. Most recently, LMG focused on homicide in their 2017 proposal to the Bloomberg Philanthropies’ 2018 Mayor’s Challenge which is designed to fund “bold inventive ideas that confront cities toughest problems”. LMG proposed video-equipped unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, to complement existing LMPD gunshot detection technology. In doing so, LMG posited the drones would ultimately improve the health and safety in the most impacted neighborhoods, particularly through reducing homicide and decreasing gun violence. In March 2018, Office of Civic Innovation and Technology, the lead LMG agency for the proposal, and the Real Time Crime Data Center approached the Department of Public Health and Wellness’ Center for Health Equity to conduct a Health Impact Assessment on the proposed project.



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