The health impact assessment policy(HIA) has been implemented in the framework of environmental impact assessment in Korea. But based on WHO's "Healthy public policy" or "Health in All policies", HIA should be implemented in all social policy areas in order to meet people's demand for a healthier life. Since Korea is only in a preliminary stage of its implementation, basic data required for HIA are insufficient. Therefore, we constructed a website and data base for HIA. This is to continuously provide related domestic and international information in order to improve the understanding of HIA and support its effective implementation in Korea.
The purpose of this English HIA website is primarily to support the activities of the Thematic Working Group of the HIA under the auspice of the Regional Forum on Environment and Health in Southeast and East Asian Countries. The Thematic Working Group on Health Impact Assessment, was formed with 17 member institutions as of March 22 in 2009. The Korea Institute for Health and Social Affairs (KIHASA), has served as the fist chairperson of the TWG on HIA.