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Health equity impact assessment (HEIA) - online course

This free, two-hour, skill-building course teaches participants how to identify and address the health impacts that a plan, policy or program might have on vulnerable or marginalized groups. The HEIA tool itself, which is used extensively in Ontario, was designed by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. The course was developed in collaboration with the Centre for Addictions and Mental Health, Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital.

The course has three “teaching” modules that do not include learner feedback, and five case studies that learners use to practice completing an HEIA form. The modules cover definitions of terms, why and when an HEIA should be conducted, and a case-based demonstration of how to apply the tool. Each case study is recommended for a specific category of learner, although a learner can choose to practice by using all five cases. Expert-completed forms are available if learners want to assess their progress.

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This course was recommended as a professional development resource by an NCCDH project team reviewing online courses related to health equity and the social determinants of health for a public health audience. To learn more about this project and other recommended courses, click here.

Health Equity Impact Assessment (2012). Centre for Addiction and Mental Health [Online course]. Retrieved from

Tags: Assess and report, Community engagement, Competencies & organizational standards , Healthy public policy, Intersectoral action, Methods & tools, Modify & orient, Link

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