Poznan Health Impact Assessment
Detailed description of the Good Practice
The topic is concerned with assessment of the impact of programmes, benefits or institutions on the state of health of individuals and the whole population and on socio-economic development.
In Poznan all decisions are taken with consideration of their impact on health. Investment projects are carried out in such a way as to serve people and the natural environment (both now and in the future). The city purchases ecological buses and trams, installs new, noise-reducing rails and railway-sleepers for trams, and erects acoustic screens on the most busy roads. Industrial plants and works are provided with devices eliminating the emission of harmful substances into the environment. There are also plans to transplant the most allergenic trees and plant in their place those causing the least allergy.
The city undertakes a number of actions aimed at improving the health of its inhabitants and all decisions are taken with consideration of the health aspects. In order to maintain a wide spectrum of activities and systematise them, the long-term goals of health policy focused on better security for the health of Poznan’s inhabitants have been presently determined in the form of a plan - the Poznan Health Plan for the years 2003-2008 (details in point Strategies and Policies). The main directions of activities for the benefit of Poznan’s inhabitants’ health have been approved by a Resolution of Poznan City Council dated 26 August 2003. They provide guidelines for activities undertaken by the City in the sphere of health protection, interconnected with socio-economic conditions and the quality of the natural environment. The activities presented in the Plan are implemented in accordance with the assumptions of the Strategic Development Plan for the City of Poznan, aimed at the improvement of the quality of life of Poznan’s inhabitants.
In accordance with the tasks specified in “Poznan Health Plan for the years 2003-2008; Main directions of activities for the benefit of the health of Poznan’s inhabitants” the latest achievements in the respective spheres of life are reported on an annual basis.
Nonetheless all the executors of programmes and benefits should be encouraged to evaluate and assess the implemented solutions, as well as formulating and implementing them. For this purpose, politicians or other individuals responsible for the most important activities in the City should be made aware of the importance of the level of health of every single person and of the whole population, as well as socio-economic development and its impact on health.
The implemented programmes are to be assessed on an annual basis and comprehensive statements reflecting the situation in the city are to be prepared.
Objectives of the Good Practice
We believe that the Health Plan is a tool which facilitates monitoring of the impact of the implemented programmes and benefits on health and on improvement of the socio-economic situation.
More Details of the Good Practice
Healthy City Project Coordinator
Department of health and Social Affairs
Poznan City Hall
17 Plac Kolegiacki
Tel: +48 618785481
Fax: +48 618785679
Data sources and references
Baltic Region Healthy Cities Association
WHO Collaborating Centre for Healthy Cities and Urban Health in the Baltic Region