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Workshop on "Health Impact Assessment of Local Interventions"

5 July, 2016

On 24-25 September 2015, PHE held its Annual Review Meeting on Outdoor and Indoor Air Pollution Research in the UK at St John’s Hotel in Solihull. It was supported by the NERC Environmental Exposure and Health Initiative (EEHI) and the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Protection Research Units in Environmental Change and Health, and Health Impact of Environmental Hazards. The workshop on “Health Impact Assessment of Local Interventions” was organised as part of the meeting.

The primary purpose of the Workshop was to bring together scientists and policy makers to exchange and share new ideas related to health impact assessments for local traffic interventions, to identify challenges and present recent research findings.

The main programme was divided into two scientific sessions; the first session began with an invited keynote speaker, followed by five short oral presentations. The keynote presentation was delivered by Dr Heather Walton from King’s College London who presented the health burden of long-term exposure to nitrogen dioxide and mortality in London.

The second session was a panel discussion that was moderated by Dr Sotiris Vardoulakis and at which the panel members were invited to address the following questions:

 What do we understand by Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of local (non-health) interventions?

 Quantitative methods: use of exposure-response coefficients to quantify impacts of local interventions

 Accounting for health co-benefits / harms of local transport interventions

 How can these methods be applied in practice?

This report contains the abstracts of keynote lecture and oral presentations, as well as a summary of the discussion of the panel session.