I would like to invite you to attend a Focus Group on a new mental health planning tool being developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC).
Rapid Mental Health Impact Assessment (RMHIA) is a specialized type of Health Impact Assessment (HIA) that focuses an equity lens on how mental health may influence or determine general health outcomes. HIA uses a systematic, structured approach to help policy developers and decision-makers understand the ways in which peoples’ health may be affected by policies, programs, projects or strategies.
The use of HIA has been growing in Canada and internationally over the last decade. Policymakers, researchers and service providers have become increasingly aware of how socio-economic determinants of health cause disparities that affect overall population health outcomes; and have looked for research and evaluation tools to inform changes in policy and practice.
The Public Health Agency of Canada is developing this RMHIA tool to enable people working in government, service providers, and community organizations to understand the impact of policies and programs on the mental health of populations. Its objective is to help inform decision-making in order to create good mental health for all Canadians.
The Wellesley Institute is working in partnership with PHAC to field test RMHIA in February-March 2012 as part of its ongoing commitment and work in health equity and the social determinants of health. The Wellesley Institute earlier collaborated with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to test and refine its Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool.
We are holding two focus groups, both hosted at the Wellesley Institute, 10 Alcorn Avenue, Suite 300, Toronto, Ontario. The February 28 session is now full, but there are still spaces available on February 22, 1-4pm.
Please RSVP the date of your choice via Eventbrite by February 17, 2012.
We are excited to participate in this health equity initiative with PHAC and we look forward to seeing you at our consultation.
Bob Gardner, PhD
Director, Policy, Wellesley Institute
Wellesley Institute works in research and policy to improve health and health equity in the GTA through action on the social determinants of health.