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Webinar: Selecting and assessing health equity tools

A health equity tool is a document or resource that identifies equity as a goal and can assess, measure or promote the inclusion of health equity considerations in policies or programs. Public health practitioners look to health equity tools to help identify actions that will address the socioenvironmental influences on health. As the number and availability of health equity–related tools are increasing, the careful selection and implementation of the right tool for the intended purpose has become increasingly important.


This webinar focuses on the availability of health equity tools for use by public health practitioners to address population health inequities. We learned about the Equity Lens in Public Health’s (ELPH) updated inventory of health equity tools, which identifies nine categories of health equity tools developed for a range of purposes and audiences.

Guest presenters explored five main considerations for selecting a health equity tool, including four key organizational conditions required for successful implementation. We also heard about practical and theoretical criteria to consider when determining if a particular health equity tool is suitable, which support public health practitioners to further their understanding of how to address population health inequities.


Dianne Oickle, Knowledge Translation Specialist, NCCDH
Bernie Pauly, Associate Professor, University of Victoria,
and Principal Investigator, ELPH Research Program
Sana Shahram, MSFHR Health Policy Fellow,
Centre for Addictions Research of British Columbia



Health Equity Tools s 2.0 (2016) Blog post: Do tools catalyze action on health equity? (2017)


Recording here (English only)

  • Presenters:
  • Bernie Pauly, Sana Shahram, 
  • Dianne Oickle
    Dianne Oickle

    Dianne Oickle, MSc, BSc

    Knowledge Translation Specialist

    Dianne is a dietitian with over 15 years’ experience working in public health in Ontario focused on reproductive and child health in a mostly rural setting with many diverse clients. Part of her work involved development of practice guidelines for health professionals, train-the-trainer initiatives, public presentations, educational resource development, working with the media, community coalition and network support, writing for the public and professionals, and program planning, implementation, and evaluation. She has taught university nutrition courses, worked with the provincial network supporting and advocating for dietitians in public health practice, and precepted over 20 dietetics and other students. Dianne earned her BSc in Nutrition and Consumer Studies (now Human Nutrition) at St. Francis Xavier University, and her MSc in Nutrition from the University of Saskatchewan.

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