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Tackling social inequalities in health: acceptability and feasibility of a systematic approach toward health impact assessment of urban projects

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Introduction: The general objective of this research project was to explore the feasibility and acceptability of an original method intended to systematically identify urban planning projects whose potential impacts on health and social inequalities in health (SIH) would be most damaging. An approach based on a short meeting and a tool would help to discuss whether or not to engage in a more comprehensive health impact assessment. Methods: A tool was developed by the research team based on various tools reported in the literature and modified with urban planners. Meetings were organized for each development project with the volunteer planners, who were working on the projects selected. Reviews of six projects at different stages of design made it possible to assess the acceptability and feasibility of this approach to identify public health and social equity issues in health. Results: The process and the use of the tool were found to be feasible. The tool was easily understandable, adapted to the practices of planners and usable without real training other than a quick introduction to tool usage. It was also found to be acceptable. Despite an interest in the inclusion of SIH, the integration of the relationship between SIH and urban development was not easy for most of the urban planners. Conclusion: This exploratory work suggests that a systematic approach to assessing the impact of urban projects on health and SIH is feasible and acceptable. Dealing with SIH was not found to be easy by the urban planners.
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hal-03937981 , version 1 (13-01-2023)

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Geneviève Bretagne, Jeanne Blanc-Février, Thierry Lang. Tackling social inequalities in health: acceptability and feasibility of a systematic approach toward health impact assessment of urban projects. Global Health Promotion, 2022, 29 (2), pp.5-13. ⟨10.1177/1757975921995468⟩. ⟨hal-03937981⟩
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