A Health Equity Toolkit For Local Networks And Coordinated Action

Our Director of Policy, Bob Gardner spoke on health equity to Solutions: East Toronto’s Health Collaborative, a long-standing coordinating network of health care and related service providers.  He set out a toolkit of ideas, directions and techniques to build equity into health care planning and delivery: …

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Building Equity Into Cancer Care

One big challenge in health system reform is identifying the levers or mechanisms that can drive lasting system-wide change.  Cancer Care Ontario and the advisory Cancer Quality Council of Ontario have shown the great potential of concentrated attention and coordinated planning, organization and delivery around …

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Ontario Improves Access To Health Care For Refugees

Ontario has joined other provinces in moving to fill the damaging gap created by last year’s federal cuts to refugee healthcare. The Ontario Temporary Health Program will provide access to most hospital, primary care, specialist, lab and diagnostic services, and to medication consistent with the …

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An Equity Toolkit for Public Health

There are some tremendous innovations underway across the public health field on addressing social determinants and health inequities in their communities.  I believe public health is one of the most important mechanisms to drive health equity into action across the province and country.  I had …

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Water Fluoridation: Turning On The Tap to Reduce Health Inequities

Kids are back in school but parents might want to hold off on that sigh of relief.  Beyond ensuring that their child finishes their homework and gets a decent lunch, parents need to worry about their child’s dental health, especially in some municipalities. Children are …

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Building on Community-Based Innovation/Acting on the Social Determinants of Health

There are increasing numbers of tremendously innovative initiatives tackling health inequities across the country. Within health care, public health, Community Health Centres and leading regional health authorities have long led the way on addressing systemic health inequities in their communities, and on coordinating services, partnering …

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Acting on Social Determinants and Health Equity: Opportunities and Promising Practices for Public Health

Public health has long led the way on driving equity into action – whether Sudbury’s ten promising practices, Saskatoon’s ground-breaking local research and concerted action, Toronto’s work on income inequality and other determinants, the recent comprehensive local equity strategy from Simcoe Muskoka to the National …

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Talking Health Equity: Safe Injection Sites

Toronto Public Health has produced an excellent report that will be considered at the Board of Health on July 10. Its analysis should be endorsed and its recommendations adopted. Policy development is always about competing priorities, assessing evidence and impact, and weighing costs and benefits.  …

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Driving Local Action on Health Equity: Hamilton

I was very pleased to speak at the North Hamilton Community Health Centre’s AGM.  There is enormous international evidence that enhancing access to comprehensive primary care is one of the most important directions to improve health care for disadvantaged populations. Ontario CHCs have long been incredibly …

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