Completed HIAs

A range of HIAs have been undertaken across the island of Ireland by a number of sectors.  The list below provides a comprehensive overview of the HIA work undertaken and contact details for organisations who undertook the work.


Proposed sugar sweetened drinks tax: Health Impact Assessment
IPH was asked by the Department of Health (RoI) to undertake this report on the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of a proposed tax on sugar sweetened drinks (SSDs) in 2012. The report is available here.
 

Contact: Noelle Cotter, IPH
Email noelle.cotter@publichealth.ie

Active travel routes for Kells (2011)
A health impact assessment was undertaken of this project by the HSE North East, supported by IPH and Meath County Council as part of a submission to the National Transport Authority to fund a walking and cycling path along an existing road. The HIA report is available here.

Contact: Yvonne Gilsenan, Health Service Executive
Email: Yvonne.Gilsenan@hse.ie

Growing health – a health impact assessment on the North West community allotment/garden proposal (2011)
IPH was engaged by the Public Health Agency Northern Ireland (PHA) to undertake a HIA on the North West community allotment/garden proposal.  The project involved the council areas; Derry, Donegal, Limavady, Magherafelt and Strabane and Health Service Executive and PHA.  The HIA was undertaken to support an INTERREG funding proposal.  Check out the newsletter:

·         A Snippet of Growing Health

Contact: Claire Higgins, Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Tel:  00 44 28 90 648494 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              00 44 28 90 648494      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: claire.higgins@publichealth.ie

Contact: Brendan Bonner, Public Health Agency
Tel: 00 44 28 71 860086 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              00 44 28 71 860086      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: brendan.bonner@hscni.net

Putting a health inequalities focus on the Northern Ireland cardiovascular service framework (2011)
The Public Health Agency Northern Ireland (PHA) undertook a HIA on the Cardiovascular Service Framework to give an insight into the how it will improve cardiovascular health in Northern Ireland and impact on health inequalities and inequities.  The HIA was developed by the PHA with support from IPH and international HIA expert, Ms Erica Ison (Oxford).  Suggestions arising from the HIA make up a Health Action Plan which will support future service planning, development and delivery for cardiovascular health.  Read the press release here.  The HIA Technical report, Summary report and related documents are available here:

Contact: Christine McMaster, Public Health Agency
Tel: +44 28 25 311143 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +44 28 25 311143      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: christine.mcmaster@hscni.org

Travellers' Health Matters (2009)
A retrospective health impact assessment of low-grade traveller accommodation conducted by the Galway Traveller Movement and funded by Combat Poverty Agency, Ireland.  Additional resources produced as part of the HIA include A toolkit to assess conditions on Traveller sites and a brief guide to planning & development issues specifically in relation to Traveller accommodation.
Contact: Anne Costello, Galway Traveller Movement
Tel: 00 353 (0) 91 765390 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              00 353 (0) 91 765390      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: info@gtmtrav.ie

West Tyrone Area Plan 2019 Health Impact Assessment (2008)
IPH was commissioned by Western Investing for Health to conduct a HIA of the West Tyrone Area Plan 2019. Stage 1 of the HIA was submitted to the Department of the Environment, Planning Office in 2008 and part of this work involved developing a community profile which may be accessed here.
Contact: Seamus Mullen, Public Health Agency
Tel: +44 28 78 60086 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              +44 28 78 60086      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Email: seamus.mullen@hscni.org

HIA on the Regeneration of Limerick City (2008)
Since January 2008 Limerick Health Promotion and Population Health Services (HSE West) have been conducting a HIA on the Regeneration of Limerick City. Due to the size of this project the HIA has been broken up in to sections.  Three HIAs have been conducted on Health Impacts of the Physical Regeneration of Moyross, Southill and Ballincurra Weston, the Health Impacts of Early School leaving, Absenteeism and Truancy  and the Development of Integrated Youth Space. Methodologies for this work have included qualitative research methods such as focus groups and interviews with key stakeholders, a literature review on potential health impacts and completion of a community profile to inform the HIA process.  A full HIA report will not be available until completion of the HIA in its entirety, the community profile is available here and HSE West are happy to answer any questions or queries.
Contact:Bedelia Collins, Limerick Health Promotion
Tel: +353 (0) 61 483443
Email: bedelia.collins@hse.ie

Lower Shankill Health Impact Assessment (2008)
A HIA was undertaken to assess the health impacts of the proposed Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) Regeneration Strategy for the Lower Shankill estate. Belfast Healthy Cities facilitated the HIA, which was commissioned by NIHE with support from Investing for Health. The HIA assessed health impacts of eleven options presented in the economic appraisal of the Regeneration Strategy. Further inforamtion is available here.


HIA of Draft Regeneration Framework for the North West quarter Part 2 area of Belfast City Centre (2008)
IPH conducted a rapid HIA as a response to the Department of Social Development, consultation on the Draft Regeneration Framework for the North West quarter Part 2 area of Belfast City Centre, the ‘Northside Urban Village’. The HIA summary report submitted to the Department is available to view here and the full HIA report can be downloaded here. A desktop healthy impact assessment response to the consultation was also undertaken by Belfast Healthy Cities which was prepared by Erica Ison, Specialist HIA Practitioner, affiliated to Public Health Resource Unit, Oxford.  Access Belfast Healthy Cities desktop HIA here.
Contact: Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Telephone:+353 (1) 4786300 or +44 90648494
Email:info@publichealth.ie.

Rose Energy Biomass Fuelled Power Plant Health Impact Assessment with Human Health Risk Assessment (2008)
This HIA was undertaken by the Institute of Occupational Medicine to address community concerns in County Antrim about the potential negative health impacts fo their proposed biomass fuelled power plant.  Access the full report here. The addendum reports may also be accessed here.
Contact: Salim Vohra, Institute of Occupational Medicine
Email: salim.vohra@iom-world.org

Health Impact Assessment of Doneraile Traveller accommodation proposal (2008)
This report describes a prospective Health Impact Assessment (HIA) carried out on a Cork County Council (CCC) proposal to develop permanent and transient halting sites at Ballydineen, Doneraile. The HIA was overseen by a steering group made up of Travellers, Traveller representatives, CCC housing managers and a range of interested statutory and voluntary groups. The full report can be downloaded here.
Contact: Dermot Glackin; HIA Ireland
Telephone: +44 79 12 054940

National Homeless Strategy - Health Impact Assessment (2007)
In 2007, the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government (DEHLG) commissioned the Centre for Housing, to undertake a Health impact assessment (HIA) for the process of developing a national homelessness strategy. The HIA was progressed in parallel to a Poverty Impact Assessment (PIA). A steering group was appointed and the appraisal phase included a detailed literature review and two consultation events. Information derived from these events was provided to the DEHLG to inform and strengthen the final strategy. This Strategy was published in August 2008 – The Way Home: A Strategy to Address Adult Homelessness in Ireland 2008-2013 which includes an appendix briefly outlining the HIA process.

Health Impact Assessment of the bid to the Big Lottery Fund for the Conswater Community Greenway in East Belfast (2007)
This report was commissioned by Belfast Healthy Cities and East Belfast Partnership to support the bid to the Big Lottery Fund for the Connswater Community Greenway.  The HIA was used to suggest ways to increase overall health gain from the introduction and
ongoing management of the project.  The project was successfully awarded the Big Lottery funding.  The full HIA report is available here.
Contact:Joan Devlin, Belfast Healthy Cities
Telephone: +44 (0) 28328811
Email: joan@belfasthealthycities.com
 

Health Impact Assessment of the Draft North West Quarter Masterplan for Belfast City Centre (2007)
The HIA of the Draft Masterplan for the North West Quarter of Belfast City Centre was commissioned by Belfast Healthy Cities.  Access the report here.
Contact:Joan Devlin, Belfast Healthy Cities
Telephone: +44 (0) 28328811
Email: joan@belfasthealthycities.com

Health Impact Assessment of the Draft North East quarter Masterplan for Belfast City Centre (2007)
The HIA of the Draft Masterplan for the North East Quarter of Belfast City Centre was commissioned by Belfast Healthy Cities. Access the report here.
Contact:Joan Devlin, Belfast Healthy Cities
Telephone: +44 (0) 28328811
Email: joan@belfasthealthycities.com
 

Belfast City Air Quality Action Plan HIA (2006)
Belfast City Council carried out a HIA on the draft Air Quality Action Plan in 2005.   Belfast Healthy Cities supported the Council and Chaired the steering group when conducting the comprehensive HIA.  A number of rapid appraisal and community workshops were held in the designated Air Quality Management Areas across the city.   The final Air Quality Action Plan was launched in 2006.  Click here for further details.
Contact:Joan Devlin, Belfast Healthy Cities
Telephone: +44 (0) 28328811
Email: joan@belfasthealthycities.com

A Health Impact Assessment on a Community Cafe in Southill, Limerick (2006)
The HIA was undertaken by the HSE and Paul Partnership Limerick to determine the health impacts of a proposed community cafe. 
Contact:Bedelia Collins, Limerick Health Promotion
Tel: +353 (0) 61 483443
Email: bedelia.collins@hse.ie

HIA of the Bi-lingual Advocacy Pilot Project (2006)
United Hospitals Trust undertook a HIA of the Bi-lingual Advocacy Pilot Project in 2005. Northern Investing for Health supported the HIA which highlighted a number of potential areas which could impact upon the health and well-being of local minority ethnic communities. Download the summary here.
Contact: Elaine O'Doherty, Public Health Agency
Tel: + 44 (0) 2825662260
Email: elaine.odoherty@hscni.net

A Rapid Health Impact Assessment of the Green Travel Plan for the Eastern Health and Social Services Board (2006)
This HIA was conducted jointly by Belfast Healthy Cities and the EHSSB to asses the potential impact of a travel plan to reduce car use among EHSSB Staff. Belfast Healthy Cities produced the final HIA report on the draft Green Travel Plan which is available here.
Contact: Joan Devlin, Belfast Healthy Cities
Telephone: +44 (0) 28328811
Email: joan@belfasthealthycities.com

Health Impact Assessment of the Accommodation Programme for Travellers 2005-2008 for Donegal (2006)
This report was commissioned and produced by Donegal Travellers Primary Health Care Project.  The HIA set out to assess the potential health impacts of the implementation of the Traveller Accommodation Programme on the health of the population and produce evidence-based recommendations to ensure implementation of the programme would improve the health of the Traveller population of Donegal.

Health Impact Assessment of Dove Gardens (2006)
Cooperation and Working Together (CAWT) conducted a HIA on a Northern Ireland Housing Executive proposal to demolish and redevlop the housing estate, Dove Gardens.  The HIA brought together a range of stakeholders including representatives from the local community. Download the final Health Impact Assessment Dove Gardens report here.
Contact:Dr Brid Farrell, Public Health Agency
Email: Brid.Farrell@hscni.net

HIA of Transport Initiatives in Ballyfermot, Dublin (2004) and Evaluation of the HIA of Traffic and Transport in Ballyfermot (2007)
Conducted in 2003 and 2004, this was a comprehensive HIA on transport initiatives in Ballyfermot, Dublin.   It involved the Eastern Regional Health Authority (ERHA), Urban II, Dublin City Council, IPH and community representatives.  Dr Jayne Parry from Birmingham University provided strategic advice on this project.  Methodologies included a literature review of the health impacts of transport, quantitative research on health status and the environment, focus groups, interviews and stakeholder workshops.  Click here to access 'A Health Impact Assessment of Traffic and Transport in Ballyfermot'.
Contact: Dr Catherine Hayes, Health Service Executive
Tel:  +353 (1) 635 2103

An evaluation of the HIA was completed in June 2007 by the National University of Ireland, Galway.  The evaluation sought to examine the process, impact and outcomes of the HIA, and represents the final phase of the HIA on Traffic and Transport in Ballyfermot, Dublin.  Qualititative methodologies were utilised to conduct this evaluation, comprising content analysis and in-depth interviews.  The full report may be downloaded here.
Contact: Dr Noreen Kearns, Department of Political Science and Sociology, National University of Ireland, Galway
Telephone: + 353 (91) 495396
Email: noreen.kearns@nuigalway.ie
Dr Lisa Pursell, Department of Health Promotion, National University of Ireland, Galway
Telephone: + 353 (91) 492044
Email: lisa.pursell@nuigalway.ie

Screening for health impacts in Local Area Planning in Donegal County Council (2004)
In 2004 an interagency team consisting of members the North Western Health Board and Donegal County Council commissioned the IPH to conduct a HIA screening exercise on planning policy in Donegal.  This involved an overview of literature, analysis of policy documents, contact with Planning Officers and observation of public consultation meetings.  Following completion of the final report, the intention is to produce a user-friendly template to enable planners to incorporate a health dimension into their decision making. Click here to access the final report.
Contact: Maire O Leary, HSE
Telephone: + 353 (74) 9123757
Email: MaireB.OLeary@hse.ie

Pilot HIA of European Employment Strategy in Ireland (2004)
IPH was a partner in the development of  HIA methodology for European Commission between 2002 and 2004.  As part of this project we conducted a pilot exercise on the European Employment Strategy in the South.  This exercise had inputs from government departments, a trade union, the Health & Safety Authority, the Equality Authority, National Disability Authority and the National Economic and Social Council.  The full report of this pilot exercise is available to download here
Contact:Institute of Public Health in Ireland
Telephone:+353 (1)4786300 or +44 90648494
Email: info@publichealth.ie

Community Health Impact Assessment (2004)
Belfast Healthy Cities organised two Community Health Impact Assessments in Ballybeen and in the Ards Peninsula.  The purpose was to work with the communities to enable them to conduct their own assessments and give local communities a voice in planning for health and build capacity to support them to influence future proposals.  Community Steering Groups were established with representatives from the community, voluntary and statutory sectors and workshops were held to conduct assessment on water reform (in Ards) and on the development of vacant site (Ballybeen).  Access the full reports below:

Click here for further details.
Contact: Joan Devlin, Belfast Healthy Cities
Telephone: +44 (0) 28328811
Email: joan@belfasthealthycities.com

Pilot of Northern Ireland Air Quality Strategy (2004)
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) in Northern Ireland piloted HIA methodology to enable civil servants in all government departments to conduct HIA.  The first pilot to be completed was on the Northern Ireland Air Quality Strategy by an interdepartmental group between the Department of Environment and DHSSPS.  A small modelling study was commissioned to look at the potential health benefits to the population of meeting air quality objectives on three pollutants.  A stakeholder workshop was also conducted.
Contact:Ian McClure, Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety
Telephone:+44 (0)28520532
Email: Ian.McClure@DHSSPSNI.GOV.UK

Wraparound (2002)
Wraparound is a multi-agency programme of services for children with disabilities in the Southern Health and Social Services Board (SHSSB) in Northern Ireland.  The SHSSB decided to conduct a HIA to identify potential health impacts on all stakeholders, produce recommendations for the delivery of the programme and develop an evaluation framework.  The main component of the HIA was a participatory workshop conducted in April 2002 involving all the main stakeholders. There was also a follow up workshop in November 2003 to monitor progress on the programme.  The Full Report: The Health Impact Assessment of the all-inclusive Wraparound scheme and Summary Report: The Health Impact Assessment of the all-inclusive Wraparound scheme may be accessed here.
Contact: Dr Brid Farrell, Southern Health and Social Services Board
Email: Brid.Farrell@hscni.net