Making Healthier Decisions about Disaster Recovery
Start Year: 2016

Making Healthier Decisions about Disaster Recovery: Opportunities for the use of Health Impact Assessments

Successful recovery from disasters and improvement of human health are two important objectives of national policy in the United States. Expert analysis, popular opinion and common sense suggest they should be mutually reinforcing activities, but discourse and actions have long proceeded more or less separately in both arenas, often in ways counterproductive to the achievement of policy objectives. The systematic process of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and its products (known individually as Health Impact Assessments or HIAs) show great promise as a way of connecting these themes to mutual advantage. This report offers guidance about how to bring that outcome about.

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hazard mitigation