Health Equity

Committed to recognizing and confronting barriers to equitable health.

As outlined in the Health Equity Charter by the Association of Ontario Health Centres, we will identify, name and confront inequity by:

  • Assigning priority to population groups who have the greatest health needs and least access to services
  • Involving the communities we serve in the design and delivery of our programs
  • Developing anti-racism/anti-oppression strategies to identify, name and confront practices that reproduce oppression within our organizations
  • Developing human resource policies and practices designed to ensure that the diversity of the communities we serve is reflected at all levels – volunteer, staff, management and board – in our organizations
  • Ensuring our policies, procedures and staff training meet the linguistic, cultural and other needs of the diverse communities we serve
  • Developing evaluation strategies that measure health equity efforts and health equity results, and using the evaluation data to continually improve health equity practices
  • Using equity as a measure of quality in delivering people-centred care
  • Sharing best practices and lessons learned in achieving health equity results
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Man smiling while receiving guidance at GBACHC
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In our work within the broader community, we will identify, name and confront inequity by:

  • Collaborating with health partners and the broader community to ensure equity as an underlying goal of the health system
  • Supporting and collaborating with community groups who are challenging the social conditions that cause health inequities
  • Documenting the causes of, impacts of and potential solutions to health inequities
  • Advocating for public policy responses proposed by communities to reduce health inequities
  • Contributing to building an integrated, high-performing health system with health equity as one of its underlying principles

Read the full Health Equity Charter.