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    • 01 Apr 2019
    • 02 Apr 2019
    • St. Paul, Minnesota
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    Making the most out of your practice

    Date: April 1-2, 2019

    Location: St. Paul Minnesota, hosted by the Minnesota Department of Health

    The SOPHIA HIA Practitioner Workshop presents a unique opportunity to participate in strategic field building alongside a diverse group of HIA practitioners, and it is currently one of the few HIA meetings in the world. Over the course of the 2-day workshop, participants will find opportunities to network, up-skill, share their recent work, and hear about ways to move their practice beyond the 6-steps of HIA.

    Don't miss this opportunity to expand your expertise while contributing to the field of HIA!

    A full program will be released in 2019. In the meantime, you can take a look at the summary from the 2017 HIA Practitioner Workshop.

    Opportunities to Present

    There will be a number of ways for you to formally or informally showcase your work including lightning talks and breakout sessions. Read more about the call for lightning talks and sessions.

    Registration & Payment

    In order to confirm your participation at the workshop, you will need to click the "Register" button on the left to register before Friday, March 15th and pay your non-refundable registration fee by Wednesday, March 20th. Early bird registration fees are available through Friday, January 18th.

    Scholarships & Reduced Registration Fees

    Scholarships for registration fees and/or travel may become available for conference participants with the greatest need (e.g. students, members of community-based organizations). Participants wishing to register at the reduced fee rate must apply by selecting this option in the registration form. Please indicate if you are applying for a travel scholarship, registration scholarship (full), or the reduced rate. If you are applying for a scholarship or reduced rate, please also select the 'reduced rate' category during registration. You may apply for both a travel and registration scholarship.

    After registration, someone will be in contact with you if additional information is required.

    The Association of Sate and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO) will fund two state or territorial health agency staff to attend the workshop. The scholarship will cover the registration fee, 2 nights lodging, air travel, and incidentals. To apply for this opportunity, please complete this form by February 1, 2019. Please note that only U.S. state or territorial health agency staff are eligible for this opportunity.

    SOPHIA Scholarships are available to SOPHIA members only, but non-members will be eligible for the reduced rate registration fee.

    Deadline: February 1, 2019
    Applicants will be notified by February 25, 2019.

    Sponsorships & Support

    As a member-based, volunteer-led organization, we depend on the on the support of practitioners like you to maintain SOPHIA. Your donation can help to ensure that SOPHIA has the necessary means to continue supporting our members, disseminating important work products, and hosting the Practitioner Workshop.

    There are many ways you can support SOPHIA. Please consider:
    1. Purchasing a registration at a ‘Contributor’ level
    2. Volunteering your time with the Practitioner Workshop Event Committee
    3. Asking your organization to become a sponsor
    4. Making a one-time donation

    Workshop Location, Transportation, and Hotels

    The HIA Practitioner Workshop will be held at Minnesota Department of Health, 625 Robert Street North, which is easily accessible via public transportation from Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.

    Although a room block has not been reserved for the workshop, there are a number of hotel options within walking distance from the venue at a range of rates. Please view the map below to see the conference venue location (yellow) with hotel suggestions (green).

Past Conferences and Workshops

IAIA 17: Impact Assessment’s Contribution to the Global Efforts in Addressing Climate Change; April 4-7 2017, Montréal, Canada 
The next annual conference for the International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA). IAIA has a Health section and track at the annual meeting. For more information, please visit the website.

SOPHIA’s HIA Practitioner Workshop, October 2-3, 2017, Washington, D.C. Formerly the HIA of the Americas Workshop, this meeting brought together current HIA practitioners for strategic field building. Visit the webpage for a conference summary.

IAIA 16: Resilience and Sustainability, May 11-14, 2016. Aichi-Nagoya, Japan.  IAIA had a Health section and track at the annual meeting. For more information, please visit the website.

SOPHIA’s HIA Practitioner Workshop, March 7-8, 2016, Oakland, CA. Formerly the HIA of the Americas Workshop, this meeting brought together current HIA practitioners for strategic field building. Visit the webpage for a conference summary.

The National HIA Meeting. Building on the success of the first two national HIA meetings, the 2015 conference brought together decision-makers and program leaders to learn how HIA can inform critical policy and planning decisions, in multiple sectors and at all levels of government, to protect and improve public health and equity. Please visit the Health Impact Project website for the meeting materials and summary.

SOPHIA’s HIA of the Americas Workshop was held in September 2014 in Oakland, California. The workshop brought current HIA practitioners together to network and share resources and strategies that elevate the practice of HIA, as well as promote excellence in HIA by sharing best practices, discussing issues and challenges, and disseminating resources and work products developed by the HIA of the Americas working groups. For more information, click here.

13th International Conference on Health Impact Assessment (HIA), from local to global: Health Impact Assessment to face the new challenges. International HIA Conference was held in Geneva, Switzerland, October 2-4, 2013. Website

The International Association of Impact Assessment (IAIA) conference. The last conference was held in Florence, Italy, April 20-23, 2015. 

The 2014 Southeast Regional HIA Summit was held July 30 – August 1, 2014 in Davidson, North Carolina. The Summit convened current practitioners of Health Impact Assessment involved with or interested in strategic HIA field-building in the Southeast United States. Website

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