Health Equity


HC Link Resources

HC Link News Digest PLUS - Health Equity - A round-up of resources and information related to health equity (July 2016).

HC Link News Digest PLUS - Poverty Reduction - A round-up of resources and other information pertaining to Poverty Reduction (June 2015).

Equity Focussed Planning

Equity Focused Planning

HC Link | 2014

This webinar covers terminology and concepts related to social determinants of health and health equity. It shows how to combine two tools - Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) and the Evidence and Practice-Based Planning Framework - to create a hybrid model known as equity focused planning and discusses practical applications.



Seeing the Unseen: An introduction to Health Equity Impact Assessment

HC Link | 2014

This is a follow-up resource to an introductory webinar from HC Link. It provides an overview of key concepts and definitions in Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) and will help readers gain familiarity in using the HEIA tool to address health inequities in their work with marginalized populations.




Health Equity: Programs, Projects & Practice

Ontario's Heart Health Resource Centre | 2008

This resource tackles the issue of health inequity from a theoretical and practical perspective. The relationship between the social determinants of health and individual health is explored, as well as the effectiveness of various healthy equity strategies. Numerous case studies illustrate successful approaches to addressing this complex issue.





Other Resources & Documents


LetsTalkHEthumbLet's talk… Health equity

National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health | 2013

The “Let’s Talk” resource series is designed to promote discussion and understanding of key concepts in health equity and spark dialogue, reflection, and action to address the social determinants of health. The series is available in English and French and includes:



Closing the Gap Canada: Action for Health Equity

Upstream | 2016

Presentations from Upstream’s April 2016 event that featured several of Canada's social determinants of health leaders and decision-makers speaking about how to move to action on equitably improving the social conditions that help determine good health.





Policy Approaches to Reducing Health Inequalities

National Collaborating Centre for Healthy Public Policy | 2016

The briefing note is intended to help distinguish between broad approaches to reducing health inequalities. It clarifies how different policy approaches are grounded theoretically and how they might produce different effects in efforts to reduce health inequalities. 




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10 Promising Practices Fact Sheets

Sudbury & District Health Unit | 2012

These fact sheets are designed to help public health practitioners and our community partners apply each of the 10 Promising Practices to reduce social inequities in health. They have a common format that identifies essential components, key issues, and tools and resources for each Promising Practice.   





No Barriers Health Equity for All: Toolkit & practical guide

Windsor-Essex County Health Unit | 2015

This toolkit has been developed to assist decision-makers, program planners, service providers, and front-line staff in their work to improve the health and wellness of individuals and communities. Content covers concepts of health equity and the social determinants of health as well as practical tools, resources, and methods to support translating knowledge into evidence-informed action.





Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Organizational Self-Assessment Tool

Diversity & Inclusion Charter of Peel | 2016

This assessment tool was designed to assist all types of organizations in assessing their diversity, equity, and inclusion work. It can be used as a discussion starter in order to enhance understanding of diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as to celebrate successes, identify areas for improvement and set a roadmap for action.





Trends in Income-related Health Inequalities in Canada

Canadian Institute for Health Information | 2015

The reports and other interactive tools (in English and French) present the results of a project that examined the health gaps between lower- and higher-income individuals for a number of health indicators over time, by sex and by province.





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Closing the gap in a generation: Health equity through action on the social determinants of health

World Health Organization | 2008

This report (also in French) presents evidence demonstrating that health is determined in large part by the political, social, and economic forces that shape the conditions in which people grow, live, work, and age. It argues that avoidable health inequalities are unjust, and makes three overarching recommendations to improve health equity.







Levelling Up (Part 1) a Discussion Paper on Concepts and Principles for Tackling Social Inequities in Health

World Health Organization | 2006

This paper by Whitehead and Dahlgren proposes 10 principles for policy action to advance health equity, and in the process clarifies key concepts like “social gradient” and “levelling up.”






Social Determinants of Health: The Canadian facts

Juha Mikkonen & Dennis Raphael | 2010

This book, available by download in English and French, offers extensive data pointing to the unfair distribution of the social determinants of health in Canada. The authors describe the impact of this inequity, and offer recommendations to improve population health through action on an off-cited list of 14 social determinants.





Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Template and Workbook

Ministry of Health and Long-term Care | 2012

HEIA is intended for use by all organizations whose work can have an impact on health outcomes. The HEIA tool includes a template and a workbook. The workbook provides detailed instructions and walks users through the five steps of HEIA: 1) Scoping, 2) Potential Impacts, 3) Mitigation, 4) Monitoring, and 5) Dissemination.






Addressing Health Inequities for Racialized Communities: A Resource Guide

Health Nexus & Health Equity Council | 2011 

A tool to support the capacity and effectiveness of those who are engaged in health promotion to reduce racialized health inequities. Physical activity, mental health promotion, healthy eating/food security are examples of entry points to address racialized health inequities, and direct attention to the broader, underlying causes that need to be addressed.






National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health

The NCCDH provides knowledge and resources to take action — in practice, in policy and in decision-making — on the social determinants of health, to achieve societal improvements that result in health for all. The bilingual website features resources, research, learning events, blogs and online communities on the topic of health equity and determinants of health. NCCDH also hosts Health Equity Clicks: Community, an online community of practice for public health practitioners working to advance health equity and Health Equity Clicks: Organizations, a list of organizations taking action on the social determinants of health.


Canadian Council on Social Determinants of Health

The CCSDH is a collaborative, multisectoral stakeholder group that works to identify opportunities for collaboration, develop targeted intersectoral initiatives, and create the knowledge and tools to support action on the factors that shape health and wellbeing. The CCSDH brings together individuals and organizations from many sectors in Canada, such as urban planning, social policy, public health, municipalities, Indigenous organizations, philanthropy and research. Publications include:


Equity & Inclusion Tools

The City for All Women Initiative's website offers a number of resources in English and French to support work in equity and inclusion:


alPHa/OPHA Health Equity Workgroup

This working group of the Association of Local Public Health Agencies-Ontario Public Health Association works on advocacy efforts and strategies that address, diminish and mitigate social inequities in health in Ontario populations. Recent work includes:


HEIA Resources

This website is hosted by the Health Equity Office at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) to support HEIA implementation. For those involved in planning, policy, program or proposal development and who are interested in using the HEIA tool to integrate equity considerations into planning, it offers: