While high-level commitment to health equity is increasingly widespread and Ontario’s Excellent Care For All Act enshrines equity and population health as key principles of a high quality system, embedding equity into policy and service delivery is a continuing challenge. Luckily a wide range of policy and program planning tools and frameworks are being developed […]
Health Equity Impact Assessment
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Recently, Canada’s Minister of Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism, Jason Kenney, announced changes to the Interim Federal Health Benefit, which provides basic health insurance for refugees. The changes, which come in the context of the government creating categories of preferred and non-preferred refugees, will substantially reduce and in some cases completely eliminate access to health care […]
Yesterday, the Mental Health Commission released Canada’s first-ever mental health strategy. The strategy has been warmly welcomed by many working in mental health fields, including the Canadian Mental Health Association, who is celebrating Mental Health Week under the banner “mental health for all.” The mental health strategy offers some promising directions for achieving good mental […]
Leading LHINs (Local Health Integration Networks) in Ontario and Regional Health Authorities across the country have prioritized reducing systemic health inequities. They have encouraged and enabled comprehensive local health equity strategies and health care providers and institutions to develop equity plans. In a unique innovative example of sectoral coordination, Community Health Centres of Greater Toronto […]
Chronic disease prevention and management is a key health priority for the Ontario government, as evidenced by a chronic disease framework and disease-specific strategies. And as the government looks to reign in health spending, we can expect an even greater focus on health promotion initiatives that reduce health care costs. A new report released yesterday […]
In the City of Toronto’s drive to address the budget deficit, a number of proposals for service cuts have been brought forward. Unfortunately, many of the proposed service cuts have health implications that would disproportionately affect vulnerable populations in Toronto. An enormous body of research demonstrates that adequate housing, income, child care, social safety nets, […]
Increasingly, Health Impact Assessments are being used by policy makers to understand and influence how policies, projects, plans, and programs affect health inequities. One of the widely understood benefits of conducting Health Equity Impact Assessments (HEIAs) is the increased understanding of equity issues that arise by making equity a key consideration in policy or program […]
Addressing deep-seated health inequities requires comprehensive strategies drawing on the insights and innovation of communities and community-based providers.One useful tool that can support good planning and engagement is the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA).
Midwifery has played a transformative role within the healthcare system: not just in providing excellent care to many women, but in empowering women to be able to better control their overall reproductive and sexual lives. As well as being a innovative profession and crucial part of the spectrum of women-centred services, it has also always […]