Health Equity

Tools for Leading Systems and Service Change

We all have a role to play (2016) This one page document illustrates how everyone working in the health sector has a role to play in promoting health equity. The document includes 10 prompting questions for health providers.

What Can I Do? (2016) This two page document emphasizes various actions that can be taken by clinicians within the health-care system to promote health equity.

Language that Promotes Equity and Dignity (2017) Shifts in language can facilitate shifts in attitudes, assumptions and behaviours, and help reframe complex issues. This two page guide shares suggestions and principles to support health care providers use language that promotes equity and dignity.

WRHA Ethical Decision Making Tools These decision tools help guide the discussion about the ethical implications of various options of ethical decisions in healthcare settings. These tools were developed by WRHA Ethics Services for use in patient care and non-patient care situations.

Institute of Healthcare Improvement: Achieving Health Equity: A Guide for Health Care Organizations (2016) This American discussion paper provides guidance on how healthcare organizations can reduce health inequities. The paper describes a framework with five key components to promote health equity.

National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation A place of learning and dialogue where the truths of the experiences of those affected by Indian residential schools are honoured and kept safe for future generations. The website includes reports issued or created by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, including the TRC Commission of Canada Calls to Action (2015).

Application + Action: TRC Reading Guide For Non-Indigenous Organizations (2018) This tool kit is a guide for non-Indigenous organizations to read and apply the TRC report. The primary goal of the toolkit is to support non-Indigenous organizations in situating themselves in the context of ongoing oppressive systems and build the capacity of service providers who are interested in dismantling those systems. This toolkit will be most helpful for organizations that have a clear understanding of social justice, the social determinants of health, systemic discrimination and anti-oppression.

Ontario Health Equity Impact Assessment (2012) This decision support tool which walks users through the steps of identifying how a program, policy or similar initiative will impact population groups in different ways. It supports improved targeting of health care investments—the right care, at the right place, at the right time.

Patient Engagement: Heard and Valued (2013) This handbook supports the meaningful engagement of patients that have not traditionally been heard in healthcare planning.

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