Health in All Policies (HiAP) places health considerations at the forefront of policy and planning. FIHI has been using this approach when examining the health effects of climate change. We began this work by completing two Health Impact Assessments:
In 2013, FIHI conducted an HIA that assessed the health effects of 110 recommendations in the four-county Southeast Florida Regional Climate Change Action Plan. The Regional Climate Action Plan has garnered national attention for its comprehensive approach to regional climate change adaptation and mitigation planning.
The FIHI Health Impact Assessment (HIA) entitled Impacts of Allocating Resources towards Access to Healthy Foods Strategies in an Underserved South Florida Community examined the impact of allocating funding from Broward County’s CDC-funded Transforming Our Community’s Health Initiative toward access to healthy foods (AHF) strategies as an approach to nutritional health in underserved Broward communities.
Working together with the Florida Department of Health, from 2010 – 2012, FIHI led the development and facilitation of the Florida HIA Consortium. As a first step, we contributed to the Florida: Health Impact Assessment Final Report.
Health effects of sea-level rise
FIHI’s latest work, funded by the Kresge Foundation, reveals vulnerability hot-spots from Palm Beach to Key West at high risk for adverse health effects of sea level rise. The Florida Institute for Health Innovation, the South Florida Regional Planning Council and the Florida Atlantic University, Center for Environmental Studies mapped data depicting sea level and groundwater rise, a social vulnerability index, and medically vulnerable communities highlighting vulnerability hot-spots in the region.