Health Impact Assessment, Physical Activity and Federal Lands Trail Policy
Published Date:Jan 2014
Source:Health Behav Policy Rev. 1(1):82-95.
Pubmed Central ID:PMC4870598
Funding:U48 DP001931/DP/NCCDPHP CDC HHS/United States
The objectives of this paper are to describe the application of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) to inform trail decisions affecting a rural, under-resourced community and propose the routine integration of HIAs to enhance NEPA environmental assessments and environmental impact statements for trail decisions on federal lands.
Screening, scoping, assessment, recommendations, reporting, monitoring and evaluation are being used to examine the health impact of trail location and design.
HIA recommendations are being integrated into the public lands National Environmental Protection Act process for planning access to a new segment of the Continental Divide National Scenic Trail. Potential users from a nearby rural New Mexico community and a region of almost one million may benefit from this HIA-informed planning.
HIA can be integrated into the policy and decision-making process for trails on public lands.
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