Health Impact Assessment in Physical Planning
Statens folkhälsoinstitut

Health Impact Assessment in Physical Planning


60 kr

Anita Linell

A common conflict in connection with physical planning is whether urban green areas should be preserved for recreation or developed to satisfy the need for centrally located housing. In the Swedish city of Östersund three alternatives were studied; the Zero Alternative, Build More and Go Green.

The results of the case study are presented using "health matrices", which show both the determinants studied and how prioritised population groups are affected, for example children, older people, disabled persons. By comparing health matrices for the three alternatives decision-makers can see the consequences of different decisions.