Excellent Care for All

Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool

Health Care Challenge

Age, gender, income level, cultural background and geographical location can all have a profound impact on one’s health status. For instance, risk of having an infant of low birth weight, greater susceptibility to infectious diseases and higher mortality rates are all associated with being from a lower-income background. Improving quality care includes introducing new and innovative health treatments but also addressing disparities in the most basic health outcomes for all Ontarians.

Real Change In Action

The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care has developed the Health Equity Assessment (HEIA) tool to reduce disparities in the health outcomes of vulnerable population groups.  The tool is aimed at funders, planners and healthcare providers across the system.  It enables users to mitigate unintended negative health impacts and supports targeting of health care investments, so that Ontarians from all walks of life receive the care they need, when they need it and where they need it.

“HEIA is making its way into the fabric of our decision-making processes”, says Branka Agic, Manager of Health Equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. “Our senior leaders have started using the HEIA tool to systematically consider and mitigate the potential health equity impacts of our programs and services. This will improve outcomes for many of the marginalized groups we serve.”

Better Quality Care

HEIA can contribute to building capacity and raising awareness about health equity throughout an organization. By supporting equity-based improvements in policy, planning and program design, HEIA can enhance the quality and delivery of care to Ontarians from a broad range of population groups. Better quality leads to better outcomes, which strengthens the long-term sustainability of the health care system.

Access the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool here.

Contact person :
Wendy Katherine
Manager Women’s and Family Health Unit and the HEIA Team
Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

For More Information

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