Building on the existing capacity and expertise in this area, this Community of Interest (CoI) will support the implementation of the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long Term Care's Health Equity Impact Assessment tool within the broader mental health and addiction sector across Ontario and encourage sharing of the results of the HEIA application. Through knowledge exchange and transfer this web-based CoI will enhance the evidence base for HEIA in Ontario, Canada and Internationally
The purpose of the HEIA CoI is to build evidence on the effectiveness of HEIA and increase the use of HEIA to reduce inequities in access, use, and outcomes of mental health care in Ontario.
Provide a platform for sharing research and practice-derived evidence of the application and effectiveness of HEIA to build expertise and capacity for conducting HEIA in Ontario. We are looking to generate evidence on the effectiveness of HEIA, support equity-based improvements in Ontario mental health and addiction programs and services. The work of this CoI will support Ontario's key priorities, decision-making frameworks and legislation including the Excellent Care for All Act, the Local Health System Integration Act, Ontario's Action Plan for Health Care, and the French Language Service Act.
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This community of interest is intended for researchers, service providers, policymakers and systems planners supporting people with mental health and substance use problems.The HEIA CoI champion organizations include the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Health Nexus, Wellesley Institute, Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) and Public Health Ontario. New memebers are welcome.
The HEIA CoI is supported by Evidence Exchange Network (EENet).
As a member of this CoI you can expect:
- access to CoI memebers with expertise in use of the HEIA tool
- an opportunity to engage other researchers, service providers, policymakers, service planners who have used HEIA tool
- a means to share your own experiences, knowledge and collaborate on generating and building new evidence of HEIA
- access to resources, webinars and expert knowledge on HEIA
To join the Community of Interest email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Write "Join HEIA CoI" in the subject line and include your full name, affiliation and contact information in the body of the email. We will respond to your email within 2 business days.