Original ArticlesDevelopment of Guidelines for Health Impact Assessment in Southern ItalyBert, Fabrizio MD; Gualano, Maria Rosaria MD; Di Stanislao, Francesco MD; Siliquini, Roberta MD; Tozzi, Quinto MD; Pizzuti, Renato MD; Rizzo, Liliana MD; Scondotto, Salvatore MD; Bux, Francesco MD HIA Collaborating GroupAuthor Information Department of Public Health, University of Turin, Turin, Italy (Drs Bert, Gualano, and Siliquini); Department of Biomedical Sciences, Section of Hygiene and Public Health, Polytechnic University of the Marche Region, Torrette di Ancona, Italy (Dr Di Stanislao); National Agency for Regional Health Services (AGENAS), Rome, Italy (Dr Tozzi); Regional Health Authority of Campania, Centro Direzionale Isola C3, Naples, Italy (Dr Pizzuti); Regional Health Authority of Calabria, Catanzaro, Italy (Dr Rizzo); Regional Health Authority of Sicily, Palermo, Italy (Dr Scondotto); and Regional Health Authority of Puglia, Bari, Italy (Dr Bux). Correspondence: Fabrizio Bert, MD, Department of Public Health, University of Turin, Via Santena 5 bis, 10126 Turin, Italy ([email protected]). The implementation of HIA guidelines was supported by the Ministry of Health and the National Agency for Regional Health Services (AGENAS) and funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). The authors thank Dr Basilio Calcò (AGENAS), Drs Elisa Draghi and Selene Fulvi (University of the Marche Region, Ancona), Dr Vincenzo Restivo (University of Palermo), and all the components of the Regional working teams of Calabria, Campania, Puglia, and Sicily. The authors give special thanks to the School of Specialization in Hygiene and Preventive Medicine of Palermo and Catanzaro. Finally, the authors thank AGENAS, the Italian Ministry of Health, and ERDF, for the financial and administrative support. Fabrizio Bert and Maria Rosaria Gualano contributed the guidelines implementation and drafted the manuscript. Francesco Di Stanislao, Quinto Tozzi, and Roberta Siliquini coordinated as HIA experts for the guideline implementation and revised and corrected the drafted manuscript. Renato Pizzuti, Liliana Rizzo, Francesco Bux, and Salvatore Scondotto coordinated the regional working groups and revised the manuscript. The authors declare they have no conflict of interests. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: July/August 2016 - Volume 22 - Issue 4 - p 395-402 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000300 Buy Metrics AbstractIn Brief Health impact assessment (HIA) is a multidisciplinary method aimed at assessing the health effects of policies, plans, and projects using quantitative, qualitative, and participatory techniques. In many European countries, such as in Italy, there is a lack of implementation of HIA procedures and it would be necessary to develop instruments and protocols in order to improve the specific skills of professionals involved in the assessment process. This article aims to describe the development and implementation of HIA guidelines, promoted by the Italian National Agency for Regional Health Services (AGENAS), in 4 Southern Italian regions. Public health search engine and institutional Web sites were consulted to collect international data existing in this field. Monthly workshops were then organized with regional representatives to discuss the scientific literature and to identify the guidelines' contents: source of data, stakeholders, screening- and scoping-phase checklist tools, priority areas, monitoring, and reporting plans. Four regions (Calabria, Campania, Puglia, and Sicilia) took part in the project. This article describes the methodology of development and implementation of HIA guidelines in the Italian context. The tools created to collect data and assess health consequences (such as screening and scoping grids) are reported. This project represents the first structured initiative proposed and supported by the Ministry of Health aiming to introduce HIA in Italy. HIA should be considered a priority in the public health agenda, as a fundamental instrument in helping decision makers to make choices about alternatives to prevent disease/injury and to actively promote health. This article describes the development and implementation of health impact assessment guidelines, promoted by the Italian National Agency for Regional Health Services (AGENAS), in 4 Southern Italian regions. Copyright © 2016 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.