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It is well established that some groups in society experience social and economic disadvantage – inequities – due to the unequal distribution of power, wealth and resources. This is especially true for people with mental health and addiction issues. The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has identified equity as a key component of quality care. MOHLTC has developed the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool to support improved health equity, including the reduction of avoidable health disparities between population groups.

During this webinar, you will be provide an overview of:

  • The impact of equity issues in mental health and addictions

  • The importance of utilizing the HEIA tool for health service delivery, program planning and policy development

  • How to utilize the HEIA Mental Health and Addictions Tip Sheet to get started in completing a HEIA

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.

About the Presenter

Uppala Chandrasekera, Director of Public Policy, CMHA Ontario

Uppala is a Social Worker with over 15 years of work experience in the health sector, ranging from frontline work assisting individuals and families with mental health and addictions issues, to supporting mental health programming province-wide, and implementing the national strategy to address mental health across Canada. Currently, Uppala is the Director of Public Policy at the Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario. Uppala also serves on the Board of Directors of the Mental Health Commission of Canada.

About CMHA Ontario

Founded in 1952, the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario, is a non-profit, charitable organization committed to making mental health possible for all.

CMHA Ontario achieves its mission by being a leader in the evolution of Ontario’s mental health and addictions system. We contribute our knowledge, resources and skills to provincial policy development and implementation. We promote mental health in collaboration with others. We further equitable access to mental health services and champion the reduction of mental health disparities. And we serve our branches in building their governance and leadership capacities.

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