About HIA2013

The 13th International Conference on Health Impact Assessment will take place in Geneva on 2-4 October 2013. 

From local to global: Health Impact Assessment to face the new challenges
Sessions will focus on key HIA topics, structured along the following tracks
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From local to global: Health Impact Assessment to face the new challenges

Global challenges such as climate change, rapid urbanization, epidemiological transitions, ageing populations and economic volatility are placing political systems under pressure. At a time when public finance is in a crisis, there are renewed demands for public policy to demonstrate its efficiency in all sectors.

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Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is powerful and in a unique position to inform public policy responses to global challenges. This science-based tool gives an understanding of the linkages between health and all sectors of activity, as well as an estimate of the health outcomes that each sector can achieve. HIA enables practical solutions to be found to promote health from the local to the global levels.

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The 12th International HIA Conference, held in Quebec in 2012, focused on how HIA is essential to foster Health in all Policies (HiAP). A wide range of HIA models and methods were discussed, with the objective of upholding a common definition without losing the strength that HIA finds in its diversity. Health in all Policies is the core theme of the 8th World Conference on Health Promotion, which is held in June 2013 in Helsinki, Finland.

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The 13th International HIA Conference will explore the implementation processes leading through HIA towards Health in All Policies (HiAP) in various cultural, social and economic contexts..

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After more than a decade of HIA practice in several regions of the world, some overarching questions remain unanswered. These will inspire our Keynote Speeches:

  1. What are the main achievements of HIA?
  2. How can demand for HIA and supply of HIA combine to create a new form of health governance?
  3. How can HIA induce lasting changes in political and administrative systems?
  4. What is the role of HIA in reaching the practical objective of Health in All Policies?
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Sessions will focus on key HIA topics, structured along the following tracks

Track A: HIA practice and quality. Including: quantification of health impacts, qualitative approaches, ensuring quality of reports, evaluating the impacts of HIA, and cost effectiveness.

Track B: HIA ethics and values. Including: equity and participation, health equity assessment, HIA and the social determinants of health, HIA and sustainability, governance and ownership of HIA, and revisiting the Gothenburg consensus and other guiding documents.

Track C: HIA for Health in All Policies.. Including: HIA in the health care sector, HIA in specific sectors (urban planning, transportation, environment, energy, social services, etc.), HIA and international finance, and HIA mainstreaming and institutionalisation.

Track D: HIA and new challenges.. Including: integrating HIA into Environmental Impact Assessments and other members of the impact assessment “family”, HIA in developing countries, HIA for large development projects, HIA and rapid urbanisation, and HIA and climate change.

Track E: Other HIA topics.


Photos 1: www.who.int/hia/housing/en/index.html. 2: Atlas of health and climate, WHO & WMO. 3: www.who.int/topics/education_medical/en. 4: Deepsea Delta oil drilling rig in the North Sea (Erik Christensen wikimedia commons). 5: Theseoduke Creative Commons. 6: Matthew Blackett, Creative Commons. 7: www.who.int/features/2009/year_review2009/photo_story/en/index5.html. 8: www.healthcarewaste.org. 9: WHO. PAHO meeting. 10: Transmilenio. Bogotà Oscar Amaya

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International organizing committee

  • Carlos Dora, Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Thomas Mattig, director, Health Promotion Switzerland
  • Jean-Michel Gaspoz, Head of Department of Health and Community Medicine, University of Geneva
  • Horacio Arruda, assistant deputy minister and director of National Public Health, Quebec
  • Carlos Artundo, Director Andalusian School of Public Health, Spain
  • Alex Scott-Samuel, Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool
  • Lea den Broeder, RIVM, Bilthoven, Netherlands

International scientific committee

  • Jean Simos, University of Geneva
  • Carlos Dora, Department of Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Rajiv Bhatia, San Francisco, USA
  • Danny Broederick, South Australia Department of Health
  • Ben Cave, Ben Cave Associates Ltd., UK
  • Lea Den Broeder, RIVM, Bilthoven, Netherlands
  • Edith Clarke, Publich Health Division of the Ghana Health Service, Ministry of Health
  • Jonathan Drewry, Pan American Health Organization
  • Rainer Fehr, University of Bielefeld, Germany
  • Christiane Gosset, Department of Public Health Sciences, University of Liege, Belgium
  • Elizabeth Harris, University of New South Wales, Australia
  • Ben Harris-Roxas, International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA)
  • David Houeto, President of the International Francophone Network for Health Promotion
  • Erica Ison, University of Oxford, UK
  • John Kemm, JK Public Health Consulting Ltd., UK
  • Richard Massé, Director of Publich Health for Montreal
  • Owen Metcalfe, Institute of Public Heath, Ireland
  • Nicolas Prisse, Secretary General, Ministry of Health, France
  • Ana Rivadeneyra, Andalusian School of Public Health, Spain
  • Louise Saint-Pierre, National Collaborating Center for Healthy Public Policy, Canada
  • Alex Scott-Samuel, Department of Public Health and Policy, University of Liverpool
  • Decharut Sukkumnoed, Faculty of Economics, University of Kasetsart, Thailand
  • Francesca Viliani, International Association for Impact Assessment (IAIA), International SOS
  • Aaron Wernham, Pew Health Group, USA

Local organizing committee

  • Michaela Pfeiffer, World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Catherine Favre, Health Promotion Switzerland
  • Nicola Cantoreggi, University of Geneva
  • Hans Stöckli, Swiss Health Impact Assessment Association
  • Natacha Litzistorf, equiterre
  • Raphaël Bize, Public Health Switzerland
  • Pascal Haefliger, Directorate of Public Health, Geneva

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