Addressing Issues of Equity in Research

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Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH)Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH) is a 5-year (2011-2016) program of research funded by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Their aim is to produce new knowledge for systemic promotion of health equity. The purpose of this inventory is to supply public health practitioners with a descriptive summary of health equity tools. Visit resource
Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR)Institute of Population and Public Health - Srategic Plan The shifting state of population and public health science—from understanding social and physical determinants of health to examining the health and health equity impacts of multi-level program and policy interventions—requires that researchers and other stakeholders investigate pathways to health equity. Moreover, it reinforces the need to understand how these interventions are best implemented within both complex adaptive systems and socio-cultural and political contexts. Innovations in methods and theories are required to support research in this field. Recognizing these needs, the IPPH strategic plan focuses on enhancing capacity for population and public health research and knowledge translation in Canada. Built on achievements and partnerships the Institute has developed over the past few years, it was developed in consultation with the Institute Advisory Board and researchers and decision-makers from across Canada. Pages 9 – 12 of this document, in particular, are relevant to the role Equity plays in this report. Visit resource
Centre for Disease Control and PreventionPromoting Health Equity - A Resource to Help Communities Address Social Determinants of Health This workbook serves as an interactive guide for users that are interested in addressing social determinants of health in order to promote health and achieve health equity. Visit resource
Cochrane CollaborationEquity Update This newsletter offers up-to-date articles and research tools that can help inform the decision making process when seeking to ensure issues of inequalities are addressed in the research process. Visit resource
Government of Canada Panel on Research EthicsFairness and Equity in Research ParticipationInclusiveness in research and fair distribution of benefits and burdens should be important considerations for researchers. This policy overview adresses issues of inclusion and provides guidance regarding inclusion in research of specific groups such as women, children, the elderly and those who lack the capacity to decide whether or not to participate in research.Visit resource
Health NexusHealth Equity This webpage from Health Nexus provides a brief background on the following issues: 1)What is health equity? 2)Which groups face the greatest health inequities? 3)How is equity related to health promotion? 4)Planning for health equity 5) Additional resources.Visit resource
Health NexusIntroduction to the Health Equity Impact Assessment This video, produced by Health Nexus, explores the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool and describes how to conduct your own HEIA. Visit resource
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of HealthLets talk…Public Health Roles for Improving Health Equity This resource is from the National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. Use this resource to: 1)Build a strategic framework for your organization’s health equity work 2) Assess the areas of action where your organization is strong, and where it could devote more attention 3) Encourage public health employees to look at the broad range of activities that can help reduce social inequities in health 4) Spark dialogue and action in lunch room and staff meeting settings.Visit resource
Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term CareHealth Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) HEIA is a 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. HEIA surfaces unintended potential impacts. The end goal is to maximize positive impacts and reduce negative impacts that could potentially widen health disparities between population groups—in short, more equitable delivery of the program, service, policy etc. Effective use of HEIA is dependent on good evidence. This link provides background information on what HEIA is and how it can be used. This link provides the template and workbook to help you use HEIA.


Public Health OntarioHealth Equity AssessmentThe Health Equity Assessment is from Public Health Ontario. This report presents an analysis of the application of selected health equity assessment tools (HEATs) from Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Canada. The content, current as of June 2012, is organized in two parts: Part One -Summary of the Facilitators and Barriers: Summarizing factors that facilitate or hinder the applization of HEATs and and uptake of resulting reccomendations, Part Two - Case Studies: Summarizing a selection of existing practices in the application and evaluation of health equity focused toolsVisit resource
University of SheffieldToolkit to Address Inequalities in Access to CareThis toolkit provides: 1)a step by step approach that should help to clarify your thinking, guide your actions, and provide other supporting materials, to enable you to find some evidence on which to base some decisions and actions to address your ‘inequalities in access’ problem. 2) a structured method to bring about a change programme. 3) information to help you respond to the modernisation agenda.4) a potential next step after a local health impact or health needs assessment. Visit resource