Advancing Health Equity

Health Equity and the Mississauga Halton LHIN Integrated Health Service Plan 2016-2019

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In the 2016-2019 Integrated Health Service Plan (IHSP), the Mississauga Halton LHIN outlines its commitment to health equity – we strive to enable all people, regardless of income, age, education, sexual orientation, race, religion or language to have timely access to the health care options they require. Through our three priority areas – Access, Capacity and Quality – we are working to improve health equity. Some of the goals and strategies we are using are listed below:

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Access

  • Identify and address barriers to access and enable person-centred, culturally appropriate health care delivery by fostering partnerships with community leaders
Capacity 
  • Expand socio-demographic data collection and review to build the capacity of providers to assess and evaluate the impact of a person’s social determinants of health
Quality
  • Drive the delivery of culturally and linguistically appropriate services by engaging with and listening to the voices of Francophone, Aboriginal and other community groups
  • Apply a health equity lens for program development and health care service delivery

Read more about health equity and our goals and strategies in our Mississauga Halton LHIN IHSP 2016-2019: Partnering for a Healthy Community.

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There is a growing awareness of the how the social determinants of health impact on the wellbeing of the general population and specifically on the marginalized groups who are negatively impacted by these social determinants of health.

Approaches and frameworks to improve health equity within the health care system are well established in jurisdictions across the European Union (including the United Kingdom), the United States of America, Australia/New Zealand and Canada (e.g., CIHI, 2004; New Zealand, 2002; WHO, 2008).

In Ontario, the MOHLTC has developed a tool to support health equity called the Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) Tool.

Focusing on quality has become a clear priority of the province, the Mississauga Halton LHIN, and our health service providers. There is great evidence about the need for health equity action, and the Mississauga Halton LHIN is committed to our health service providers that they have the opportunity to build health equity capacity within their organization.

Additional Resources

Health Equity Symposiums

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Resources

2016 Health Equity Symposium

Watch the videos from Mississauga Halton LHIN's 2016 Health Equity Symposium: Achieving the Vision of Health Equity.

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Mississauga Halton LHIN Contacts:

Ed Castro, Senior Lead, Health System Development

ed.castro@lhins.on.ca

Carrie Parkinson, Senior Lead Health System Performance

carrie.parkinson@lhins.on.ca


 “We will create a better sustainable health care system because we will truly be meeting the needs of the people that require health care services and we will get services to those people that need it most. And that is really our responsibility.”

- Liane Fernandes, Senior Director, Health System Development & Community Engagement