Volume 89 Issue 37 | p. 17 | Concentrates
Issue Date: September 12, 2011

Health Impacts Urged In Policy Decisions

Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: policy, health, NEPA

A National Research Council committee is urging that greater consideration be given to the health impacts of major policy decisions and programs. NRC maintains that adding health impact assessments (HIAs) to reviews like environmental impact statements would enhance the public’s health and well-being. The view is based on evidence that policies not recognized as affecting health are now believed to have important health consequences. The report cites policies on the location of housing, public . . .

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