Join us for SOPHIA’s 2017 Practitioner Workshop in Washington, D.C., October 2nd and 3rd!

*Registration is now closed.

The HIA Practitioner Workshop (formerly HIA of the Americas) presents a unique opportunity for current practitioners of Health Impact Assessment to participate in strategic field building. The workshop is uniquely structured around small working groups, with additional presentations and a keynote panel.

The objectives of this two-day workshop are to:

  • Build a community of HIA practitioners by offering an intimate forum to network and share ideas and tools that elevate the practice of HIA; and
  • Promote excellence in HIA by sharing best practices, tackling challenging HIA related issues, disseminating resources, and beginning the development of new resources for the field.

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

Updated Agenda:

Day 1
Registration & Breakfast 8:00AM

Welcome & Introductions 8:45AM
    Katie Hirono, President of SOPHIA & Ellen Schwaller, Director of SOPHIA

History of the HIA Field and the Practitioner Workshop 9:00AM
    Andrew Dannenberg, University of Washington, Seattle

HIA Bingo 9:15AM

Expert Panel: Evolving Landscape of HIA 9:35AM
    Celia Harris, Human Impact Partners
    Christopher Ollson, Ollson Environmental Health Management
    Kristin Raab, Minnesota Department of Health
    Anna Stevenson, Canterbury District Health Board
    Gregory Tung, Colorado School of Public Health

Working Group Introductions and Accomplishments 11:15AM

Lunch 12:00PM

Afternoon Working Group Breakouts 1:00PM

Lightning Talks
Leveraging the East Harlem HIA to Promote Health in Housing and Land Use Policy Kimberly Libman
The Lead (Pb) Saga: A Lesson in HiAP Gabriella Illa
HIA: A Tale of Two City Officials Carleigh Olson
Water Reuse HIA: Introducing New Sectors and Audiences to HiAP Carlie Houchen
Integrating Health into Planning: A Collaborative Approach to Creating Healthier Spaces Karla Jaques
Using HIA to Increase Wellbeing Through Improved Stakeholder Engagement Karla Jaques
The DIY Network of HIA: Everything You Need to Navigate the HIA Process Justicia Rhodus
HIA & HiAP in Environmental Public Health Department Michael Schaffer & Aimee Shultze

Day 2
Breakfast 8:30AM
*New practitioners are welcome to join for the New Practitioner Breakfast

Present and Future of HIA 9:30AM
    Jimmy Dills, Georgia Health Policy Center and Emily Bever, Health Impact Project

Continued Small Working Group Sessions 10:45AM
with opportunities to form ad hoc working groups

Lunch 12:00PM

Continued Small Working Group Sessions 1:00PM

Small Working Group Report Back 2:15PM

Going Forward from Here 3:00PM
Katie Hirono, President of SOPHIA

Registration & Payment
In order to confirm your participation at the workshop, you will need to register by September 13 and pay your non-refundable registration fee by September 18, 2017

Scholarships for registration fees and/or travel may become available for conference participants with the greatest need. When registering for the conference, you will be given the option to indicate whether you would like to be considered for a scholarship. We will then contact you with additional information on the availability of funding.

Workshop Location
The HIA Practitioner Workshop will be held at The Pew Charitable Trusts, 901 E Street NW Washington, D.C. 20004 which is easily accessible via public transportation from both the Reagan Washington National  and Washington Dulles International airports. Please visit for more details on local transportation.

There are a number of hotels within walking distance to the workshop venue:


Hotels in D.C. but slightly further from the venue are accessible by public transit:


Hotels in Pentagon City/Crystal City and Rosslyn are a short ride away on the Metro:

Participants are encouraged to book early as hotels fill up quickly and prices will likely increase in the weeks and months leading up to the workshop. 

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 lots of different 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 here

If you would like to volunteer, or become a SOPHIA sponsor, please contact

Past Workshops
Past workshops have resulted in the development and refinement of several important resources for the field, including:

  • Minimum Elements and Practice Standards for HIA
  • Best Practices in Stakeholder Engagement
  • Equity Metrics for HIA Practice

You can also view the agenda and materials from the 2014 and 2016 workshops online.


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