Scottish Health and Inequalities Impact Assessment Network

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The Scottish Health and Inequalities Impact Assessment Network (SHIIAN) is coordinated by NHS Health Scotland and is open to anyone working or planning to work on health impact assessments (HIA) and health inequalities impact assessments in Scotland. The network has been running since 2001, following the recommendation of the Review of the Public Health Function.

We have recently started to work more closely with colleagues in the Scottish Public Health Network (ScotPHN) (external link) and the team developing Health Inequalities Impact Assessment (HIIA).

The Health Inequalities Impact Assessment page includes guidance and advice about how to conduct an assessment. The focus on health inequalities, equality and diversity and human rights means this is groundbreaking work.

The network communicates regularly by email to share ideas, issues and experiences. There are smaller working groups that undertake specific tasks.

At the moment, we are scoping work to identify resources for assessing the impacts of rural development health and wellbeing, and as part of this work, we have completed scoping workshops in Inverness and Stornoway.

Another event is scheduled in Aberdeen and we hope to run another workshop in the south of Scotland. If you would like to get involved, please contact martin.higgins@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

Our evidence guide about HIA and housing improvements has just been updated and can be downloaded from the ScotPHN website (external link). Presentations from the housing guide launch in February 2013 are also available. A summary of the key learning points from the guiide is also available on the ScotPHN site.

Meetings are organised about specific themes or projects that are of interest to members and the wider public health and health improvement community. To find out more, join our mailing list by contacting: martin.higgins@nhslothian.scot.nhs.uk.

Aim

To increase the application and quality of Health Impact Assessments (including Health Inequalities Impact Assessment) and improve coverage of health issues in other assessment processes in order to contribute to improvements in policies and plans that will enhance population health and reduce health inequalities.

Objectives

  • To increase the visibility and credibility of SHIIAN as a source of advice and support with HIA
  • To promote the use of HIA and HIIA
  • To improve coverage of health, including differential impacts, in other assessment processes
  • To improve access to high quality evidence for use in HIA and other assessments

Updated 25 July 2014