Using HEIA in policy making and policy analysis

Presenter: Steve Barnes - Director of Policy at the Wellesley Institute
Date: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015

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Steve Barnes, Director of Policy at the Wellesley Institute, will give an overview of using Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) tools in policy making and policy analysis. Policy decisions made far beyond the health care system can have significant health implications. Decisions about housing, income, education, or other underlying determinants of health can have significant health impacts for vulnerable or marginalized populations. Steve will explain why policy makers should use HEIAs and will present examples of policy-oriented HEIAs completed by the Wellesley Institute.

Presenter Biography

Steve Barnes is the Director of Policy at the Wellesley Institute. He holds a MA in political science from Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand and has published on political leadership and political socialization. Prior to joining the Wellesley Institute Steve worked as a policy advisor for the Government of Ontario. He has also held positions in the New Zealand public sector and at Victoria University. Steve’s policy interests include understanding how policy decisions made outside of the health sphere affect health outcomes and creating policy solutions that address unequal and unfair health outcomes.

About the Wellesley Institute

The Wellesley Institute is a Toronto-based non-profit and non-partisan research and policy institute working to advance the vision of a healthier and more equitable Greater Toronto Area for all. Their mission is to advance population health and reduce health inequities by driving change on the so­cial determinants of health through applied research, effective policy solutions, knowledge mobilization, and innovation.

The Wellesley Institute has been a champion for HEIA in Ontario since the beginning. Their team supported the development and refinement of MOHLTC's HEIA tool and has been a pioneer in using HEIA in policy analysis. They have completed prospective and retrospective HEIAs on a broad range of topics such as federal and mayoral election platforms, casinos and cuts to refugee health care coverage.

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