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Bridging health and foreign policy: The role of health impact assessments

Lee, K; Ingram, A; Lock, K; McInnes, C; (2007) Bridging health and foreign policy: The role of health impact assessments. Bulletin of the World Health Organization , 85 (3) pp. 207-211. 10.2471/BLT.06.037077. Green open access

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Abstract

Health impact assessment (HIA) is an important tool for exploring the intersection between health and foreign policy, offering a useful analytical approach to increase positive health impacts and minimize negative impacts. Numerous subject areas have brought health and foreign policy together. Yet further opportunities exist for HIA to address a broader range of health impacts that otherwise may not be seen as relevant to foreign policy. HIA may also improve the quality of scientific evidence available to policy-makers. The Framework Convention on Tobacco Control offers lessons for the strategic use of HIA. However, HIA alone is limited in influencing these decision-making processes, notably when issues diverge from other core concerns such as economics and security. In such cases, HIA is an important tool to be used alongside the mobilization of key constituencies and public support.

Type: Article
Title: Bridging health and foreign policy: The role of health impact assessments
Identifier: PMID: 17486212
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.2471/BLT.06.037077
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL SLASH > Faculty of S&HS > Dept of Geography
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/9363
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