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Healthy outlook: How health impact assessments can deliver better health outcomes

Words: Mark Cope

In the wake of the RTPI’s call for mandatory health impact assessments in development applications, Mark Cope asks whether it’s enough to assess health impacts of the project or is a strategic planning health focus also needed?

We find ourselves in the worst global health pandemic for over a century. As a novel virus spreads rapidly through the population, there has been a deep shock to our normal ‘healthy’ way of life. Yet, according to the last Health Profile for England in September 2019, health and wellbeing outcomes have been declining for decades.Among other things, the profile relates that: there is an ageing........
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