One crucial component of ensuring more equitable health care is good planning, and one effective tool is Health Equity Impact Assessment. We just published two new primers on HEIA and Mental Well-being Impact Assessment and we have been presenting a number of workshops to providers and planners.
Health Equity Impact Assessment
To drive health equity into action we need to understand the needs of health disadvantaged populations, identify barriers to equitable access to quality care, and build equity into priority setting, resource allocation and performance management. We need effective and useable equity-focused planning tools. One problem with the way health impact assessment has evolved is that […]
To drive health equity into action we need to understand the needs of health disadvantaged populations, identify barriers to equitable access to quality care, and build equity into priority setting, resource allocation and performance management. Health Equity Impact Assessment is a practical and effective planning tool that analyzes the potential impact of service, program or […]
Equity-focussed planning is an essential ingredient of comprehensive health equity strategies. Ontario has been developing and implementing a Health Equity Impact Assessment model and Wellesley has presented a number of workshops on how to realize the potential of HEIA. Each of these workshops uses different case studies to work through the model, geared to the […]
The American-based Prevention Institute made a presentation to recent National Research Council deliberations on HIA. They argued that HIA aligns well with primary prevention or upstream action on the roots of ill health and health disparities, and with healthy community planning approaches to addressing the underlying determinants of health.
I recently presented a workshop to senior staff at a Toronto academic hospital on Health Equity Impact Assessment. We need good planning to operationalize equity within hospitals, community health centres and other service providers and HEIA is an effective planning tool. The discussion was incredibly rich and working through the steps of HEIA sparked off […]
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.