The Health Equity Impact Assessment tool in Ontario Public Health Units

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Health equity means attaining the highest level of health for all people. It involves taking steps to ensure everyone has full and equal access to opportunities for good health. The Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA), developed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care, helps health systems to reduce inequities caused by barriers in access to health services and to identify and mitigate unintended impacts of initiatives.

Currently, there is little evidence about the use, effectiveness and limitations of the HEIA tool. This information would help organizations make informed decisions and develop strategies to apply the HEIA successfully.

This webinar presents the main findings from Catie Thomson and Dr. Ketan Shankardass’ research project on the use of the HEIA tool in Ontario Public Health Units (PHUs). The project surveyed PHUs across Ontario aiming to better understand the HEIA’s use, effectiveness and limitations in this setting.

Based on this research, we will discuss:
• Priority of health equity in PHUs
• Rates of awareness and uptake of the HEIA
• Common reasons for using the HEIA among PHUs
• Factors that helped and interfered with the use of the HEIA
• Usefulness of the HEIA in these organizations

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.


Catie Thomson

Catie Thomson has recently completed her undergraduate education at Wilfrid Laurier University and is graduating next month with an Honours Bachelor of Science in Health Sciences. With her interest in health policy and the social determinants of health, she completed a study on the Health Equity Impact Assessment for her senior thesis under the supervision of Dr. Ketan Shankardass. Catie begins medical school this fall.

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