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CDC Health Impacts Assessment for Improved Community Design Funding Opportunity

MARCH 17, 2014 - 7:45 PM to APRIL 28, 2014 - 5:00 PM ET

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The Healthy Community Design Initiative (HCDI) within CDC’s National Center for Environmental Health is dedicated to understanding and improving the relationship between community design and public health. HCDI focuses its efforts on two major components of the built environment: transportation systems and land-use. The design of these sectors affect, through environmental and behavioral intermediaries, injuries, physical activity, and health outcomes related to pollution exposure. The decisions that are made regarding community design impact health, but often health considerations are not incorporated into community design policies and programs. HCDI seeks to promote an evidence-based approach toward community design decision-making through three major activities: first, improving surveillance related to community design so communities have reliable local data they can use; second, encouraging Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) of policies, programs, and projects that will affect community design; and finally, supporting education and communication. This FOA fits into HCDI’s activities by building capacity for HIA.

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is commonly defined as “a systematic process that uses an array of data sources and analytic methods and considers input from stakeholders to determine the potential effects of a proposed policy, plan, program, or project on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within the population. HIA provides recommendations on monitoring and managing those effects” (National Research Council, 2011). HIA can help decision-makers avoid adverse health consequences and costs and improve health. HIA may also help reduce environmental injustices by characterizing opportunities to improve the relationship between affected vulnerable groups and the policy or project.


-          Letter of Intent Deadline: March 28, 2014

-          Application Deadline: April 28, 2014

-          Informational conference call for potential applicants: Thursday, April 3,1:00 – 2:00 PM EST, Call in number: 1-866-797-8509, participant code 2381164

-          Funding Opportunity Announcement is available here 

-          Maximum award: $145,000


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