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Office of Policy and Planning


Health Impact Assessment (HIA) Program


San Francisco Department of Public Health’s (SFDPH) Health Impact Assessment (HIA) program works to inform and support health‐aware decision‐making at all levels of government and to increase both local level capacity and internal department capacity to utilize HIA. The program uses a multidisciplinary and collaborative approach to address health inequalities and demonstrate health as an intrinsic value in transportation, land use, and housing design decisions. The program is based out of the Office of Policy and Planning and closely partners with SFDPH’s Program on Health, Equity and Sustainability (PHES).

Currently, the HIA program is conducting HIAs focusing on Food Safety, Climate Change, and the Central Market-Tenderloin Economic Strategy (being co-led with PHES). Moving forward, the program aims to support the continued institutionalization of a Health in All Policies (HiAP) approach to government decision and policy making.

Refer to Documents and Reports for previously conducted HIA reports, tools, and methodologies.


What is HIA?

Health Impact Assessment (HIA) is a practice to consider public health in decision-making. Internationally, HIA is defined as a combination of procedures, methods and tools that systematically judges the potential, and sometimes unintended, effects of a policy, plan, program or project on the health of a population and the distribution of those effects within a population.



Max Gara
Heath Impact Assessment Project Coordinator

Cyndy Comerford
Policy and Planning Manager

HIA Assessment Tools

The San Francisco Indicator Project

The San Francisco Indicator Project is a neighborhood-level data system that measures how San Francisco performs in eight dimensions of a healthy, equitable community. The goal of this project is to support collaboration, planning, decision making, and advocacy for social and physical environments that meet the needs of all citizens.

Contact: Meg Wall Shui
Senior Epidemiologist


An innovative relational database management system designed to access, manage, and apply spatial data to inform solutions to transportation problems. It is being used by various government agencies and advocacy groups to assess the health impacts of projects and policies and make recommendations to improve public health.

Contact: Devan Morris
GIS Developer and Analyst