Health equity is foundational standard in ensuring health and well-being for all individuals in a community. Below are a list of resources to support increasing awareness and application of health equity strategies into your professional scope of practice. Please contact the Health Equity Coordinator at 1-800-660-5853 for additional information or questions on current best practice documents.
Health Equity and Your Professional Practice…
These fact sheets are designed to help public health practitioners and our community partners apply each of the 10 Promising Practices to reduce social inequities in health identified by the Sudbury and District Health Unit. They identify essential components, key issues, and tools and resources for each.
Food insecurity means not having enough nutritious food to eat because of financial constraints. The Nutritious Food Basket serves as a tool to monitor the cost and affordability of healthy eating. The Health Unit’s food insecurity infographic presents the results so that the cost of food is viewed in the context of income, rent and other basic living costs.
PROOF is an interdisciplinary research team investigating household food insecurity in Canada. The goal of this research program is to identify effective policy approaches to reduce household food insecurity, which is defined as the inadequate or insecure access to food due to financial constraints.
Also visit Ontario Dietitians in Public Health (ODPH) and see the resource section for their position paper on food insecurity and income-based recommendations.
The Wellesley Institute engages in research, policy and community mobilization to advance population health.
This health equity planning tool supports the reflection and integration of health equity mitigating strategies into programs and services offered to the general and priority populations.
Universal and targeted approaches in health promotion have both strengths and challenges, public health organizations often develop interventions that blend approaches. The interventions, fall on a continuum, are designed to address both the health gap and the health gradient.
At the National Collaborating Centre for the Determinant of Health (NCCDH), they aim to advance social determinants of health and health equity through public health practice and policy, they:
- translate and share knowledge and evidence to influence interrelated determinants.
- support the uptake and exchange of information, products and services.
- identify gaps in research and practice.
- engage in collaborative learning projects and support translation of applied research.
- support inter-personal and inter-organizational connections that enable strong relationships.
This e-learning resource is designed for nurses who work with individuals, families and communities that are vulnerable to health inequities. Using evidence-based information and reflective practice questions, each module will help registered nurses and nurse practitioners optimize their role and integrate a social determinants lens into their practice.
Equip Healthcare – The EQUIP team is committed to sharing knowledge about equity-oriented care with health care providers and organizations, to support them to adopt equity-oriented practices and provide the best possible care to their patients. Providing equity-oriented care is complex, but can start with very small changes!
Alberta Health Service Trauma Informed Care – The purpose of the Trauma Informed Care (TIC) Project is to increase knowledge about trauma and the impact it has by creating connection, sharing knowledge and resources. TIC offers resources for individuals who help those impacted by trauma provide patient centred care.
The Prevention Institute provides a framework for how a community can understand and address the structural violence, which prevents people and communities from meeting their basic needs and results in a high level of trauma across the population.