The Wellesley Institute’s Bob Gardner and Michael Shapcott joined about 70 governmental and non-governmental research and policy experts at the national forum on reducing health inequalities in Canada. On day one, participants from across the country shared information and ideas to create a complex map that included both issues and strategies. A good deal of excellent research (including recent studies from the Wellesley Institute) clearly document the large health inequalities in Canada. A theme that emerged as the first day progressed is the need to identify BIG solutions for the BIG health inequalities; and several speakers, including Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr David McKeown and the WI’s housing policy expert Michael Shapcott, called for concrete incremental initiatives to reduce health gaps. The WI’s health equity expert Bob Gardner noted the need for local, cross-sectoral initiatives – a proposal that he has spelled out in more detail in his recent testimony to the Senate Committee on Population Health on March 12. As always, it was important (and exciting) to learn about practical and pragmatic policy solutions to reduce health inequalities that are already in place in communities from Victoria to St. Johns.