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Realizing the Potential of HEIA: Lessons Learned Event 

Date: November 26, 2013, 12:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Location: CAMH, 33 Russell St., Meeting Centre room 2029                                                                         

Lunch is provided.

Opening remarks: Dr. Kwame McKenzie, Medical Director, Underserved Populations, CAMH

Keynote speakers:   Dr. Cordell Neudorf, Chief Medical Health Officer, Saskatoon Health Region

Dr. Ketan Shankardass, Research Scientist, Centre for Research on Inner City Health (CRICH)

Panel Discussion about HEIA implementation and equity-focused planning:

Cynthia Damba, Toronto Central LHIN
Karen O'Connor, Canadian Mental Health Association 
Erika Haney, Simcoe-Muskoka District Health Unit
Dr. Cordell Neudorf, Saskatoon Health Region
Ayasha Mayr Handel, Transformation Secretariat, MOHLTC

Moderator: Dr. Bob Gardner, Director, Policy, the Wellesley Institute

Round Table Discussions

Wrap Up and Thank You: April MacInnes, Senior Policy Advisor, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care

This event will bring both experienced and new users of the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tool together in-person and online to discuss benefits and challenges of conducting HEIA. By the end of the day participants will:

  1. Discuss how this practical tool can assist your organization to improve overall equity;
  2. Recognize key barriers and facilitators to conducting Health Equity Impact Assessments; and
  3. Develop connections with others who have or wish to conduct HEIAs.

Key Message: Conducting HEIA is not as hard as it seems. It is doable and beneficial!

This free event is being hosted by members of the HEIA Community of Interest (HEIA CoI), including the Health Equity Office at CAMH, the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC), Health Nexus, the Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario, the  Wellesley Institute, and Public Health Ontario.

Speaker biographies are available here.

Health Equity Impact Assessment (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. The tool is not only intended for use by organizations across the Ontario health sector, such as the Ministry, Local Health Integration Networks, Public Health Units and health service providers; but also by organizations outside the health sector whose work can have an impact on health outcomes. Since the tool’s launch in 2011, various stakeholders have found the tool useful in a variety of ways in their organisations.

Want to learn more about HEIA? Visit the HEIA Community of Interest.

The work of the HEI COI has been funded by the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet)..

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