Friday, November 27, 2009

Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Resources from Candada

Addressing health disparities in health care service delivery and planning requires a solid understanding of key barriers to equitable access to high quality care and the specific needs of health-disadvantaged populations. And this requires an array of effective and practical planning tools.

HEIA is one part of the repertoire of equity-driven planning tools. It analyzes the potential impact of service, program or policy changes on health disparities and/or health-disadvantaged populations. It can both help to plan new services, policy development or other initiatives or assess existing programmes.

HEIA is not for all purposes -- for example, it is not as well suited for needs assessment, measuring and tracking action on equity, programme and service evaluation, or strategic planning. Rather, HEIA is often seen as ‘first-pass’ screening tool.
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