Many community groups and networks working to build healthy communities have long been concerned with addressing the growing inequities in their communities. Recently, the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) in partnership with Local Health Integration Networks (LHINs), developed the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool. Derived from widely-practiced impact assessments such as Environmental Impact Assessment and Health Impact Assessment, the HEIA tool can be used by anyone whose work impacts the health and well-being of marginalized populations, with health defined in a holistic sense as incorporating physical, mental and social aspects.
This issue of At a glance is a follow-up to an introductory webinar delivered by HC Link on HEIA. With its discussion of key concepts and definitions used in the HEIA and an overview of steps to carry out the assessment, the resource is designed to help readers gain familiarity in using the HEIA tool to address health inequities in their work with marginalized populations.