Book News: November 2nd, 2005

This publication from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence is a companion to Addressing Inequalities Through Health Impact Assessment. Because society remains scarred by inequalities, whole communities remain cut off from the greater wealth and opportunities that others take for granted. The main arguments for tackling inequalities are that they are unjust and avoidable, conditions that lead to marked inequalities affect all members of society and interventions to reduce health inequalities are effective.This document discusses recent publications and presents a further two case studies that attempt to address health inequalities through the use of Health Impact Assessment. A key focus of HIA is to reduce inequalities that result from unnecessary, avoidable and unjust differences in health status between different people.

The document is available at: http://www.publichealth.nice.org.uk/page.aspx?o=520193