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Understanding the potential benefits of Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) for schools.

The World Health Organization (WHO) identifies a health impact assessment (HIA) as a practical approach to judge potential health effects of a policy, program, or project on a population, particularly on vulnerable/disadvantaged groups. Recommendations to decision-makers aim at maximizing a proposal’s positive health benefits and minimizing negative health effects.

Originating in Europe, the first U.S. HIA was conducted in the 1990s. Since then, the World Bank has utilized HIAs

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