While HIA's are extremely valuable tools, we are beginning to apply many of the HIA tools, including GIS mapping and health literature, to develop a chapter in our County's comprehensive plan that shows the health and economic benefits of smart growth and other planning practices. Would love to know if there is a speaker people know about who can help inspire politicians and citizens about these ideas.
There is an excellent resource for you. It is the Public Health Law Program.
They can help you locate other counties that are using HIA's and have a county elected official or staffer who can share their perspective.
I will send you the info via a message to your D4H mailbox.
I hear there is a doctor in San Francisco who works for the health department who does health impact assessments. I heard him speak at a conference. Also, the there is a website that is all about health impact assessments funded by the Robert Wood Johnson people. You might get some help/ideas there.