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Appendix C Statement of Task of the Committee on Health Impact Assessment An NRC/IOM committee will develop a framework, terminology, and guidance for conducting health impact assessment (HIA) of proposed policies, programs, and projects (for example, transportation, land use, housing, agricul- ture) at federal, state, tribal, and local levels, including the private sector. The committee will assess the value and potential value of such assessments; the impediments and countervailing factors that have limited the practice of HIA to date; the circumstances and criteria for conducting them; the concepts, tools, and information required; and the types, structure, and content of HIAs. Based on these considerations, the committee will develop a systematic, conceptual framework and approach for improving the assessment of health impacts in the United States. 184