Auburn Comprehensive Plan Update

Health Impact Assessment

We led a diverse team in conducting a health impact assessment (HIA) for the City of Auburn’s comprehensive plan update. Funded by a Community Transformation Grant, this was the first HIA of its kind in the Puget Sound region. We collaborated with representatives from five City departments, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Public Health Seattle and King County, and Tacoma-Pierce County Health Department to develop the assessment. Our work included a scoping analysis, baseline assessment, existing policy audit, and initial recommendations for policy updates, implementation strategies and monitoring methods. The HIA identified health focus areas based on geographic concentrations of populations with multiple health risk factors, poor health outcomes, low access to healthy foods and high levels of barriers physical activity. The final HIA document provides a replicable model that other interested communities can use to incorporate health into planning processes.