Health Equity Impact Assessment Tool

Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is a decision support tool which walks users through the steps of identifying how a program, policy or similar initiative will impact population groups in different ways. HEIA surfaces unintended potential impacts. The end goal is to maximize positive impacts and reduce negative impacts that could potentially widen health disparities between population groups - in short, more equitable delivery of the program, service, policy etc.

The HEIA tool includes a template and a workbook. The workbook provides detailed instructions and walks users through the five steps of HEIA: 1) Scoping, 2) Potential Impacts, 3) Mitigation, 4) Monitoring, and 5) Dissemination. The results are recorded in the template.

HEIA is not only intended for use by organizations across the Ontario health care system, such as the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), Ontario Health, Public Health Units (PHUs), and health service providers; but also by organizations outside the health care system whose work can have an impact on health outcomes.

There is also a companion French Language Services Supplement that has been developed for the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care and LHIN staff who have distinct responsibilities under the French Language Services Act, 1986 (FLSA).

The HEIA Tool, general information, and resources on HEIA are available on the MOHLTC public website