Using Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) in Community Mental Health

On July 14, 2014, a training webinar took place titled, ‘Using the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool in Community Mental Health’. The webinar was co-presented by:

Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-term Care (MOHLTC) Health Nexus, and CMHA, Toronto.

The HEIA was developed by MOHLTC to help reduce avoidable health disparities among Ontarians. The HEIA is a decision-support tool that enables users to consider how a program, policy, or other initiative will positively or negatively impact different population groups. By using this tool, organizations can reduce negative impacts that could widen inequities that some population groups face.

In this webinar, the co-presenters Sheela Subraminian (CMHA, Ontario), Nila Sinnatamby (MOHLTC), Andrea Bodkin (Health Nexus), and Alexandra Lamoureux (CMHA, Toronto) discussed:

  • Health equity and what it means in the mental health context;
  • Why HEIA is important for health service delivery, program planning, and policy development; and
  • How to conduct the HEIA, with an example from the community mental health sector.

Watch the webinar here. You can also use the links below to view specific sections of the webinar:

Supplementary materials are also available: