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Public health assessments should be part of government decisionmaking, report says.

"Improving Health in the United States: The Role of Health Impact Assessment" discusses the need for health-informed decision-making, reviews the current practice of health impact assessment, and provides a framework, terminology, and guidance for improving the assessment of health impacts in the United States.

To read a briefing on the report click here.

To download a free PDF or puchase a paperback copy of the full report on the National Academies Press website click here.