As Bob Gardner explains in his recent article, Thinking Globally, Acting Locally about Health Reform (in a special edition of Making Waves), it is by understanding and focussing on health disparities on a regional basis, in particular within the structures of Regional Health Authorities, that on-the-ground strategies to reduce health disparities can be developed and implemented. Ontario is in a position to do this now, with the recent establishment of the Local Health Integration Networks. As Bob notes, there have been some interesting and effective examples of initiatives undertaken in other jurisdictions in Canada and internationally where there is a demonstrated commitment to health equity. Bob also points out that a great deal can be learned by sharing promising practices .
If “what is to be done” about health disparities is a question that plagues you, read Bob Gardner’s article. We can make a difference by thinking globally and acting locally about health reform.