Community-Driven Health Impact Assessment certificate program at the Coady International Institute

The Community-Driven Health Impact Assessment certificate program will be held from June 4 to June 15, 2012 at the Coady International Institute.

Promoting community well-being requires an understanding of the interaction of the social determinants of health, the inequities in health status and the ability to take action. Community-driven health impact assessment (CHIA) is a way to bring forward the concerns of the community in discussions of public policy. CHIA is based on the idea that broad citizen involvement is essential for the development of healthy public policy. This course will introduce you to a holistic understanding of health within the context of development. It examines the relationship between health and development and the impact of development programs and policies on the well-being of communities.

Personal Benefits:

  • Understand the physical, social, cultural, political and economic determinants of community health.
  • Learn facilitation skills for use in various community development situations: the People Assessing the Health (PATH) process, and the development of a Community Health Impact Assessment Tool (CHIAT).
  • Develop skills in facilitating community dialogue and advocacy using the CHIAT to assess the potential impact of an activity on the well-being of the community. Organizational Benefits:
  • Strategic use of the PATH process and CHIAT for evidence-gathering and advocacy campaigns.
  • Strategies for analyzing and prioritizing community development policies/projects.
  • Enhance relationships with community members who are empowered with key skills and tools for decision-making about community well-being. For more information about this certificate program, visit the website. Scholarships are available for eligible candidates, apply early.

Applications can be found online and submitted by e-mail to or mailed to the Admission Office, Coady International Institute.

It is suggested that applications be submitted by mid-February 2012.

Request up-to-date information about programs, to receive a 2012-2013 brochure by mail or to join our mailing list contact The Coady International Institute located in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, Canada has over 5,500 graduates in 130 countries. Visit the Institute’s website to learn more.

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