The Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) is based in the World Health Organization (WHO) Collaborating Centre on ‘Investment for Health and Well-being’, Policy and International Health Directorate, Public Health Wales.

This site provides information on the Wales HIA Support Unit, Health Impact Assessment (HIA) and the process as practiced in Wales, news and recent developments. It provides a resource to those currently practicing HIA, policy makers and those who are new to the process and who are looking for information and evidence. There are links to completed HIAs in Wales and other HIA activities from the Unit, for example training and information plus links to useful resources and guides.

Latest News

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12 July 2022

New report: Protecting the mental wellbeing of our future generations: learning from COVID-19 for the long term. A Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment Approach.

This comprehensive Mental Wellbeing Impact Assessment (MWIA) has been carried out by the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit to identify the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, and associated policy responses, on the mental wellbeing of young people aged 10-24 in Wales. The report aims to provide evidence and learning to inform cross-sector policy and […]

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24 June 2022

New report: The public health impact of public bodies refocusing on waste reduction and reuse in Wales

The report – ‘Circular Economies and Sustainable Health and Well-being: The public health impact of public bodies refocusing on waste reduction and reuse in Wales’, details how implementing policies to reduce and re-use waste, alongside recycling schemes will have possible significant positive impacts on health and well-being for the whole population of Wales. These include […]

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20 April 2022

New Health Impact Assessment (HIA) network – launch event

The Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) in Public Health Wales is launching a new HIA network at a virtual event on Thursday 26th May.  The event will take place online via Microsoft Teams, 10am-12noon.  Join us to find out more about the HIA network and to share ideas as part of shaping the […]

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11 April 2022

Rising to the Triple Challenge of Brexit, COVID-19 and Climate Change for health, well-being and equity in Wales, Spotlight on: Rural Communities

A new report published by Public Health Wales highlights how the combined influences of Brexit, Coronavirus and climate change will potentially see rural communities in Wales experience a time of great change, with both opportunities and negative impacts to navigate. This Spotlight Paper focuses on the issues that Rural communities may face now and in […]

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7 February 2022

Maximising health and well-being opportunities for spatial planning in the COVID-19 pandemic recovery

Collaboration between policy makers and practitioners in spatial planning with colleagues in health is vital in order to maximise health and well-being opportunities in the recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic, according to a new report from Public Health Wales. The report is being published ahead of an event ‘Creating healthy places and spaces: a collaborative […]

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26 November 2021

No place like home? Exploring the health and well-being impact of COVID-19 on housing and housing insecurity

Today the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU) and Policy Team in the WHO CC on ‘Investment for Health and Wellbeing’, Public Health Wales have published ‘No place like home? Exploring the health and well-being impact of COVID-19 on housing and housing insecurity’. This comprehensive and participatory Health Impact Assessment (HIA) explores the health […]

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