As part of the Bloustein School’s 2012-13 Faculty and Research Center Staff Speaker Series highlighting the work of members of Bloustein faculty and center staff, Assistant Professor Amelia Greiner will present “Health Impact Assessments: A Case Study of Zoning, Alcohol and Crime in Baltimore” on Tuesday, March 26 (this event was rescheduled from its previous date.)
While Health Impact Assessments (HIAs) have been used extensively abroad to inform policy decisions, they have only recently been used in the U.S. They present the opportunity to inform the policy decision making process by changing the set of actors involved in the policy discussion and by incorporating public health data. Despite this promise, the data used in the HIAs and the data resulting from an HIA process have limitations and are, not surprisingly, subject to misuse and misinterpretation by policy makers. Such limitations are important to consider as the discussion unfolds about whether HIAs should be required. This talk will focus primarily on the HIA of Baltimore’s comprehensive rezoning and the resulting debate about the relationship between zoning policy, alcohol outlets and crime.
The event will begin at 12:30 p.m. and attendees are welcome to bring their lunch to this event. It will be held in Room 112 of the Civic Square Building, 33 Livingston Avenue, New Brunswick, NJ. If interested in attending this event, RSVP is requested to RSVP@ejb.rutgers.edu.