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Health Impact Assessments

Ten percent of health is determined by medical care, 20 to 30 percent is determined by genetics, and 60 to 70 percent is determined by other factors such as living, working, social and economic conditions. Jonathan Heller, Ph.D., is the co-founder of Human Impact Partners, a company that conducts Health Impact Assessments. The assessments, which evaluate how proposed projects or policies could affect community health, can be done for small projects like senior living centers and metropolitan transportation, or for large projects like educational policy changes and incarceration policies.