The HEIA CoI was established by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and the Office of Health Equity at CAMH, with initial seed funding from the Evidence Exchange Network (EENet). The HEIA CoI continues to be maintained by the CAMH Office of Health Equity in collaboration with the MOHLTC and EENet.
HEIA Champion organizations help lead the activities of the HEIA CoI, direct its work and provide resources to HEIA users. HEIA Champions include:
Addictions and Mental Health Ontario (AMHO) represents over 220 addiction and mental health organizations in Ontario. Its members provide services and supports that help Ontarians across the province with their recovery, including community-based counselling and case management, peer support and consumer run businesses, residential treatment, withdrawal management, supportive housing and hospital based programs. As the collective voice of its members, AMHO provides leadership and engages partners to build a comprehensive and accessible system of addiction and mental health care, and improve the well-being of individuals, families and communities in Ontario. They do this through policy work, advocacy initiatives, service development, knowledge exchange, education offerings and quality improvement work.
Learn more at www.addictionsandmentalhealthontario.ca.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA), which operates at the local, provincial and national levels across Canada, works toward a single mission: to make mental health possible for all. The vision of CMHA Ontario is a society that believes mental health is the key to well-being. They are a not-for-profit, charitable organization funded by the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. Through policy analysis and implementation, agenda setting, research, evaluation and knowledge exchange, CMHA works to improve the lives of people with mental health and addictions conditions and their families. As a leader in community mental health and a trusted advisor to government, CMHA actively contributes to health systems development through policy formulation and by recommending policy options that promote mental health for all Ontarians. CMHA Ontario works closely with 30 local branches to serve nearly 100,000 people every year in communities across the province to ensure the quality delivery of services in the areas of mental health, addictions, dual diagnosis and concurrent disorders, which occur across the lifespan. Nationally, CMHA is the oldest, most extensive community mental health organization in Canada, celebrating 100 years in 2018.
Learn more at www.ontario.cmha.ca.
The Central West LHIN plans, integrates, funds and monitors the local health care system for the regions of Brampton, Caledon, Dufferin, Malton, north Etobicoke and west Woodbridge. “Together, Making Healthy Change Happen” is a reference to collective responsibility. As the Central West LHIN plans, integrates, funds and monitors the local health care system, it does so in collaboration with a host of Health Service Providers (HSPs), community partners and local residents, recognizing that the health needs of local communities are best understood by those who live and work in them.
Learn more at www.centralwestlhin.on.ca.
CAMH is Canada's largest mental health and addiction teaching hospital. CAMH has a long history of being a champion for health equity and has made a long-term organizational commitment to reducing disparities in mental illness and treatment for marginalized groups. CAMH has led and participated in key equity-focused initiatives including the development of the tool to collect patient sociodemographic data, Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) implementation, training and evaluation and the development and delivery of a U of T accredited Certificate Program in Health Equity and Diversity.
Learn more at www.porticonetwork.ca/web/health-equity.
For more than 30 years Health Nexus has been working with diverse partners to help create healthy, equitable and vibrant communities where people of all ages can thrive. Health Nexus helps individuals and organizations apply health promotion strategies rooted in the Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion. These strategies enhance community well-being by addressing the broader determinants of health. Health Nexus is your source for expert consultations, educational events and electronic health promotion resources in English and French.
Learn more at www.healthnexus.ca.
Health Quality Ontario is the province’s advisor on health care quality. They have been entrusted to: monitor and report on how the health system is performing; provide guidance on important quality issues; assess evidence to determine what constitutes optimal care; engage with patients and give them a voice in shaping a quality health system; and promote continuous quality improvement aimed at substantial and sustainable positive change in health care.
Learn more at www.hqontario.ca.
The Mississauga Halton LHIN guides ongoing and future initiatives in the development and implementation of a seamless health system for its communities. As one of Ontario’s 14 LHINs, they manage the planning and performance of the health care system, and bring greater accountability and leadership as it changes and evolves.
Learn more at www.mississaugahaltonlhin.on.ca.
The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) is the Government of Ontario ministry responsible for administering the health care system and providing services to the province of Ontario. The Ministry is working to establish a patient-focused, results-driven, integrated and sustainable publicly funded health system. Its plan for building a sustainable public health care system in Ontario is based on helping people stay healthy, delivering good care when people need it, and protecting the health system for future generations.
Learn more at www.health.gov.on.ca/en.
PNSG is the Local Immigration Partnership (LIP) in Peel designed to develop a coordinated and integrated settlement services model to enhance the social and economic inclusion of newcomers, immigrants and refugees to the Peel community.
Learn more at www.peelnewcomer.org.
PHO keeps Ontarians safe and healthy. With our partners in government, public health and health care, we prevent illness and improve health. We provide the scientific evidence and expert guidance that shapes policies and practices for a healthier Ontario. PHO has locations across Ontario, including 11 laboratory sites.
Learn more at www.publichealthontario.ca.
The alPHa-OPHA Health Equity Workgroup is a joint workgroup of both the Association of Local Public Health Agencies and the Ontario Public Health Association. Their purpose is to reduce health inequities in Ontario by strengthening public health and intersectoral actions on the social determinants of health.
Learn more at www.opha.on.ca.
The Centre for Urban Health Solutions (formerly CRICH), is an inter-disciplinary research centre within St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto. The Centre seeks to improve health in cities, especially for those experiencing marginalization, and to reduce barriers to accessing factors essential to health, such as appropriate health care and quality housing. We are committed to developing and implementing concrete responses within health care and social service systems and at the level of public policy.
Learn more at www.stmichaelshospitalresearch.ca/research-programs/urban-health-solutions.
Toronto Central LHIN is responsible for planning, funding and integrating local health services that meet the needs of 1.2 million residents and tens of thousands of others who come to Toronto for care. Our new Strategic Plan 2015-18 focuses on working with our 170 health service providers, residents, patients, caregivers and other partners to build a local health system that is coordinated, easy to navigate and provides timely and equitable access to care.
Learn more at www.torontocentrallhin.on.ca.
Wellesley Institute works in research and policy to improve health and health equity in the Greater Toronto Area through action on the social determinants of health. The GTA’s rapidly growing population is increasing in diversity but also in disparities. Health is about more than doctors, drugs and hospitals. It is about where people work, live, play and age. Therefore, there is a need for evidence-based, equity focused solutions so that everyone in the GTA can enjoy good health. Wellesley Institute approaches solutions with a health equity lens to ensure that no one is left behind due to unnecessary and avoidable differences in access to care and opportunity.
Learn more at www.wellesleyinstitute.com.