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The Health Equity Impact Assessment Community of Interest

The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) has identified equity as a key component of quality care. To advance health equity and reduce avoidable health disparities between population groups, MOHLTC has developed the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA), a practical tool focused on reducing inequities that result from barriers in access to quality health services and programming, and to increase positive health outcomes for vulnerable or marginalized groups.

Building upon the existing capacity and expertise in this area, the Health Equity Impact Assessment Community of Interest (HEIA CoI) – led by Branka Agic, Manager of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, and Sirad Mohamoud, Senior Policy Advisor at MOHLTC, with support from Evidence Exchange Network (EENet) – is helping to facilitate the implementation of the HEIA tool within the mental health and addictions sector and build an evidence base for the use of the tool in the Ontario context.

If you would like to join, or learn more about, the HEIA CoI, please contact Andrew Tuck at andrew.tuck [at] camh [dot] ca.

UPDATES
January 29, 2013

The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s Health Equity Office and Education Services, in partnership with MOHLTC, have created a self-directed interactive course which will introduce you to the Ontario Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool. Available free of charge, the course can be accessed here. The course will be formally launched in January 2013 but your feedback is welcome in the meantime!