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GFA_Stadt - "Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in urban development"

Project Description

The primary target of the proposed research project "Gesundheitsfolgenabschätzung in der Stadtentwicklung" (GFA_Stadt) ("Health Impact Assessment (HIA) in urban development") is to develop a widespread, integrated and participatory Health Impact Assessment (HIA) model for municipal areas in Germany. An online tool will be used to assist the practical implementation of the assessment. HIA is a means of finding out to what extent measures taken in different areas of policy are compatible wtih the interdisciplinary subject of health. The aim is on the one hand to increase opportunities for social participation and a healthy and liveable life and on the other hand reduce social disparities. This requires change on two different levels: In urban planning it is necessary to find strategies that integrate the various aspects of health more in the planning process. That also means developing strategies that make it possible for the health services to participate in this process and introduce their own views on urban development processes, not only in the field of health. The "GFA_Stadt" project aims to reduce existing obstacles and integrate the HIA into local processes in an easy and sustainable way. The expected project results would constitute a social innovation, initiating practical solutions (user-friendly implementation of HIA in urban planning), modified social practices (systematic integration of health issues into local planning), optimized processes and efficient strategies (participatory implementation of HIA) in addition to reconnecting and restructuring decision making processes. In the two case studies (the Stellingen quarter in the Hamburg district of Eimsbüttel and the Lusan district in Gera) this project will focus on analysing health probelms and, in particular, deriving improvements in walkability.

Funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF - Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung)
Project management: VDI Technologiezentrum GmbH
Duration: 10.2020 to 09.2023


ISP - Institute for Urban Research, Planning and Communication of the Erfurt University of Applied Sciences (Joint Research Coordination):

Prof. Dr.-Ing. Heidi Sinning (Project Management)

M.Sc. Theresa Grimm
Academic Researcher

Altonaer Straße 25
99085 Erfurt
Building 12, room 12.01.08

No: 0361 6700-374
Fax: 0361 6700-373

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 45 01 55
99051 Erfurt

Project partners

Prof. Dr. Joachim Westenhöfer (Project Management), Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW), Fakultät Life Sciences, Departement Gesundheitswissenschaften

Prof. Dr.-Ing, Boris Tolg, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW), Departement Medizintechnik

Dr. Johanna Buchcik, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin und Lehrbeauftragte Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW), Departement Gesundheitswissenschaften

Jana Simone Borutta, Wissenschaftliche Mitarbeiterin, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften Hamburg (HAW), Departement Gesundheitswissenschaften

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