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Toward health equity: A tool for developing equity-sensitive public health interventions

This resource is also available in French.

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has developed this practice tool for public health professionals to support them in developing equity-sensitive public health interventions [1]. The tool outlines five evidence-based elements to consider in order to integrate health equity into new and existing public health interventions [1].

The tool describes the five equity elements and the relevant considerations related to each one and prompts the user to consider which equity elements are relevant to their intervention and identify ways to address them [1].

The five elements for consideration include the following [1]:

  1. Equity objectives: Is the intervention based on structure, environment, behaviour or health-care/service.
  2. Social determinants: What is/are the entry point(s) to intervention across the spectrum from socioeconomic and political context to the individual level.
  3. Mediating factors: What are the health-enabling or -limiting conditions?
  4. Engagement strategies: How are those with a vested interest in the intervention being involved?
  5. Equity targeting: How is the intervention targeted to improve health equity outcomes?

Key operational definitions are provided, as well as a visual summary of the evidence related to the development of equity-sensitive public health interventions.

Use this resource to

  • integrate equity into the design of existing and new public health interventions; and
  • consider the equity elements of interventions and how they might be addressed.

Reference

Public Health Agency of Canada. Toward Health Equity: A Tool for Developing Equity Sensitive Public Health Interventions [Internet]. Ottawa (ON): PHAC; 2015 Dec 1 [cited 2018 Nov 13]. Available from: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2015/aspc-phac/HP35-64-2-2015-eng.pdf

References

[1] Public Health Agency of Canada. Toward Health Equity: A Tool for Developing Equity Sensitive Public Health Interventions [Internet]. Ottawa (ON): PHAC; 2015 Dec 1 [cited 2018 Nov 13]. Available from: http://publications.gc.ca/collections/collection_2015/aspc-phac/HP35-64-2-2015-eng.pdf

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