Leveraging the power of arts, culture, and the creative industries to frame, seed, and scale innovation in health and wellbeing.
1 IDEAS xLab Project HEAL_Artist Dominique Paul and Meyzeek Middle School Students .jpg

Health Impact Assessment

Health Impact Assessment

HIA wide.jpg

Health Impact Assessment

Released in fall 2017, the Health Impact Assessment (HIA) on our HEAL Community Approach (formerly called Project HEAL) was the first-of-its-kind conducted on an arts and culture focused population health program in the U.S. 

The Health Impact Assessment was authored by the Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness, IDEAS xLab, and the Commonwealth Institute of Kentucky, with additional support from the Health Impact Project - a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, with funding from the Kresge Foundation.

Through the HIA, we look at how our replicable arts and culture model provides a framework for rigorously and scientifically assessing in what ways (and why) our HEAL Community Approach approach may: 

  1. Decrease social isolation and improve social cohesion and civic engagement.

  2. Create policy changes that positively impact health equity. 

  3. Increase opportunities for building inclusive economies through social/cultural entrepreneurship.

  4. Increase opportunities for improving social emotional skills in youth.

  5. Improve wellbeing of communities experiencing chronic stress.

PH HIA Galloway.jpg

About our partners:

About the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco (SF Fed) promotes low inflation, full employment and financial stability and serves the Twelfth Federal Reserve District, which includes the nine western states—Alaska, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Idaho, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, and Washington—plus American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. The SF Fed’s community development team works with a wide range of organizations to create economic opportunity for lower income Americans by developing and connecting best practices and emerging ideas with organizations positioned to make meaningful change in communities. For more on the SF Fed, go to and follow us on Twitter at @sffed. 

About Health Impact Project
Health Impact Project is a collaboration of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and The Pew Charitable Trusts, is a national initiative designed to reduce health inequities and improve the health of all people by ensuring that health is a valued and routine consideration in decisions affecting them. More information can be found at

About Louisville Metro Department of Public Health and Wellness
Our vision is for a healthy Louisville where everyone and every community can thrive. We promote health and wellness; prevent disease, illness and injury; and protect the health and safety of Louisville's residents and visitors.  Learn more at