The path taken: Developing organizational capacity for improving health equity in four Ontario health units
This case study profiles the experience of integrating a health equity approach in four Ontario public health units: Niagara Region Public Health, Ottawa Public Health, Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit, and Sudbury and District Health Unit. Each health unit has taken a different path to developing organizational capacity for improving health equity.
Each health unit is harnessing leadership, taking advantage of supportive organizational structures, using local evidence, training staff, and forging deeper partnerships in the community. The diversity of paths taken and lessons learned provide tangible examples for other public health organizations working to strengthen their own health equity-focused approach.
The NCCDH used the framework for Organizational Capacity for Public Health Equity Action (OC-PHEA) to organize this case study along with the roles and strategies for public health action to reduce health inequities described by the NCCDH.
Use this resource to:
- explore the variety of paths that have been taken to build health equity capacity within public health organizations in Ontario
- enhance your understanding of the OC-PHEA Framework and the public health roles for action on health inequities
- consider the tensions experienced in doing this work and reflect on ways to build the capacity of your organization to do health equity work
Check out our previous five case studies profiling public health leadership and community action on the social determinants of health.
National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health. (2015). The path taken: Developing organizational capacity for improving health equity in four Ontario health units. Antigonish, NS: National Collaborating Centre for Determinants of Health, St. Francis Xavier University.