In this one hour webinar, which is part of the Hot Topics series, representatives from the Washington State Board of Health and Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities discuss how they conduct health impact reviews on legislative proposals.

Learning Objectives

  • Describe the health impact review framework and methods.
  • Outline the types of legislative proposals that make good candidates for a health impact review.
  • Describe how public health practitioners in every arena can contribute to and benefit from this work.

Intended Audience

Local, state, and tribal public health professionals; policy advocates; individuals who conduct policy work across many sectors (education, housing, transportation, etc.)


Christy Hoff, MPH, Policy Advisor, Washington State Department of Health, Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities

Sierra Rotakhina, MPH, Policy Analyst, Washington State Department of Health, Governor’s Interagency Council on Health Disparities

Discussion Questions

These questions are designed to further your thinking on the topic covered in this webinar. You may print and discuss them with colleagues and other members of your organization before or after watching this webinar.

  1. What are the most effective ways to increase demand for health impact reviews in order to maximize the number of policy decisions that consider health equity?
  2. As a state, how can we increase the influence health impact reviews (or the impacts on health and equity in general) have on decision-making?
  3. What is the future of this work? How do we move forward as a state to a place where all legislative and budgetary decisions take health and equity into consideration?


Photograph of a magnifying glass over a legal document.
Air Date: 
Tuesday, December 16, 2014, 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm PST
Law and Policy & Ethics
1 hour
Hot Topics in Practice
Competency Domains: 
Analytical/Assessment Skills
Community Dimensions of Practice Skills
Policy Development/Program Planning Skills