Call for Proposals: Building the Capacity of Local Health Departments and Tribal Public Health Authorities to Conduct Health Impact Assessment
The Oregon Health Authority’s (OHA) Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Program works to build the capacity of Oregonians to use HIA as a tool for improving the health of their communities. HIA is a five-step process that examines the health risks and benefits of public decisions and delivers information to decision makers with the aim of improving public health through the process. For more information about HIA, including examples of completed projects, please visit our website: http://www.healthoregon.org/hia
The OHA is looking to fund and support two local health departments (LHDs), including county health departments, county health authorities, and tribal public health authorities, to develop and implement a plan for conducting an HIA at the local level. We are most interested in supporting proposals that identify a project or policy target for their HIA that is under active consideration by decision makers, so that the results of the completed HIA can be used in the decision making process. For this round of funding, we will give preference to proposals to conduct HIA on projects or policies related to the built environment, including land use and transportation decisions.
The funds available are intended to support local public health staff in convening partners to conduct the HIA. We will consider proposals from LHDs that pass funds through to partner agencies/organizations in their community, so long as the project is coordinated in the LHD and contributes to LHD HIA capacity.
Availability of Funds
In December 2013, the OHA plans to award two LHDs $15,000 each to create and implement a plan for conducting an HIA by August 29, 2014. Any Oregon LHD is eligible to apply for funding. No prior HIA experience is necessary. Successful applications will specify how funding will increase local health department HIA capacity. The full request for proposals is attached. Applications are due 5 pm on Friday, November 22, 2013.
A member of your agency must participate in our webinar HIA 101, either live or recorded, prior to submitting your application. The webinar will take place on Tuesday November 5th from 10-11:30. Follow this link to register for the webinar: https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/307097298.
You must also participate in a phone call on screening, the process used to determine if a potential project is a good candidate for a HIA. Calls will be scheduled after November 5th. Contact me to schedule a screening call.
If you are interested in responding to our Building the Capacity of Local Public Health to Engage in Community Projects related to Brownfield and Land Reuse Sites RFP, that is a separate funding opportunity and information is available at: Brownfields Initiative or by contacting Kari Christensen (firstname.lastname@example.org).