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

12 October 2023

Event: Protecting health and wellbeing in the climate crisis

Are you involved with planning a local climate risk assessment? Would you like to learn more about how people and communities in Wales are vulnerable to climate change? Then join us for our next online conference. This conference will support people who work with Public Service Boards (PSBs) or Public Bodies who are planning or […]

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12 October 2023

THINK Seminar: public transport resilience to climate change in the UK

THINK Seminar: public transport resilience to climate change in the UK At this seminar three speakers, including Nerys Edmonds from WHIASU, will share their insights into how climate change in the UK is going to impact transport services and health, and what can be done to adapt to these changes to ensure public transport services […]

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3 October 2023

Health Impact Assessment for Climate Adaptation: Examples from Practice

This briefing focusses on adaptation to address climate change and the application of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a process that can support policy makers to maximise wellbeing benefits, minimise harm to health, and avoid widening health inequalities when designing adaptation policies. It contains five case studies – two international and three from Wales, and […]

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19 September 2023

Round-up of Recent Journal and Book Publications by the WHIASU Team:

Below is a round-up of publications from members of the WHIASU team which we have not previously published that might be of interest. Exploring the social value of Public Health Institutes: An international scoping survey and expert interviews Making the case for investing in preventative public health by illustrating not only the health impact but […]

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14 September 2023

Liz Green – PhD Thesis Defence at Maastricht University

On 6th September, the Director of the Wales Health Impact Assessment Support Unit (WHIASU), Liz Green, successfully defended her PhD thesis, “Health Impact Assessment (HIA) as a tool to mobilise Health in All Policies”, at Maastricht University and has obtained her Doctorate. This is the first time ever that HIA has been the explicit focus […]

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18 July 2023

New Report: Climate Change in Wales: Health Impact Assessment

This health impact assessment (HIA) is a strategic and comprehensive appraisal of the potential implications of climate change on population health in Wales. It provides robust evidence to inform public bodies, agencies and organisations in their preparations for, and responses to, climate change and climate change events. It aims to support adoption of policies and […]

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