Building internal health equity capacity at Health Quality Ontario
Wednesday, 29 March 2017 from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM (EDT)
Health equity will be achieved when all people living in Ontario are able to reach their full health potential. This means all people are able to receive high quality care that is fair and appropriate to them and their needs, regardless of region, economic or social status, language, culture, gender or religion.
Health Quality Ontario (HQO) is the provincial advisor on the quality of health care.
HQO has developed a plan to embed equity into their own work and to encourage providers, system leaders and planners to make it prominent in their thinking, discussions and planning as they build a system, in consultation with patients, that is safe, effective, patient-centred, efficient and timely.
During this webinar, we will highlight the relationship between health and health care equity in a high-quality health system. This will be done by:
- Presenting HQO’s approach for building internal health equity capacity and discussing the results to date.
- Discussing lessons learned and providing recommendations to help organizations embed equity into their work, culture and services.
The webinar will consist of a 15 minute presentation followed by a 15 minute Q & A session. This webinar is suitable for new practitioners of HEIA with a minimum of a basic understanding of HEIA. If you are new to HEIA, this short video will give you a basic introduction to HEIA.
Maria Papadimitriou is the Health Equity Manager at Health Quality Ontario where she leads the execution and delivery of the organization’s Health Equity Plan released in spring 2016. Throughout her career, Maria’s work has focused on the advancement of health equity both locally and internationally. In particular, advancing equity in children and youth mental health and LGBTQ inclusion. Maria holds a Master of Science in neuroscience from Queen’s University and a Master of Public Health Degree from Columbia University’s Mailman School of Public Health.
Andrea Bracaglia is a Senior Analyst on the Health Equity team at Health Quality Ontario. Her primary responsibilities are focused on building internal health equity capacity by fostering productive relationships across the organization. Andrea also supports an external committee of health system leaders, and focuses their recommendations to the implementation of the Health Equity Plan. Prior to joining Health Quality Ontario, Andrea worked for a community-academic hospital in strategy development, and the ongoing implementation of the Health Links initiative. Andrea holds a Master of Public Policy from the School of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Toronto.
About Health Quality Ontario
Health Quality Ontario is the provincial advisor on the quality of health care. We are motivated by this single-minded purpose: Better health for all Ontarians.
We define the meaning of quality as it pertains to health care, and provide strategic advice so all the parts of the system can improve. We also analyze virtually all aspects of Ontario’s health care. This includes looking at the overall health of Ontarians, how well different areas of the system are working together, and most importantly, patient experience. We then produce comprehensive, objective reports based on data, facts and the voice of patients, caregivers and those who work each day in the health system. As well, we make recommendations on how to improve care using the best evidence. Finally, we support large scale quality improvements by working with our partners to facilitate ways for health care providers to learn from each other and share innovative approaches.
Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Community of Interest
The HEIA Community of Interest (CoI) supports the exchange of experience and information about the use of Ontario’s HEIA tool in program and policy planning. The CoI’s goal is to build evidence on the effectiveness of HEIA and to increase the application of HEIA in order to improve equity in access, use and outcomes of health and related services in Ontario. Visit and join the HEIA CoI here.