With round-the-clock coverage of U.S. health care reform and thousands of journalists, commentators, “experts” and bloggers who dissect every word that key policymakers say or write about the issue, it is amazing that any part of the proposed reforms could be ignored altogether. But that is indeed what has happened with a key element of […]
Archives for August 2009
Today marked the release of the POWER Study Cancer Chapter, part of a provincial Report on women's health which can be used as an evidence-based tool to help policy-makers, health care providers and consumers improve the health of, and reducing inequities among the women of Ontario. The main findings is that income matters when it […]
The Ontario Human Rights Commission has released its latest annual report, with a strong focus on discrimination in housing. While everyone is affected by the current recession, not everyone is affected equally. Even before the recession, discrimination in housing was being fueled by a province-wide affordable housing crisis, and all indications are that the problems […]
The federal decision to boycott today’s national housing summit in St Johns, NL (the second time in two years that the federal housing minister has refused to meet with provincial and territorial counterparts) left the remaining summiteers without much to say or do. There is an urgent need for housing ministers to complete the process […]
HIAs can be adapted for specific purposes. Mental Well-Being Impact Assessment is a type of HIA that evaluates how well or how poorly public policy addresses community well-being. An important part of MWIA is developing indicators that can be used to measure impact on mental health.
The Wellesley Institute promotes community engagement in various areas, as it is essential for effective reform of public policy. It is crucial that community engagement reflect the diversity of the population, including marginalized groups. HIA could benefit enormously from a community engagement component since the purpose of HIA is to consider how policies and programs […]
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and Toronto Central LHIN developed a Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool designed to assist LHINs and health service providers in service planning.
A number of jurisdictions provide support and guidance for those interested in conducting HIAs: New Zealand has a unit within the Ministry of Health that provides training and other support to enable widespread and effective implementation, and document the use of HIA.
The following resources are particularly useful for planning how results of assessments can be integrated into policy development.
A number of jurisdictions have developed tools, templates, and user guides for equity-focused impact assessment: