Using HEIA to advance health equity among LGBTQ people

Devon MacFarlane - Director for Rainbow Health Ontario
Susan Barrass - Policy Analyst for Rainbow Health Ontario
Date: Wednesday, April 25th, 2018

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This webinar describes the new LGBTQ supplement of Ontario’s Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA), being launched in 2018.

This companion to the HEIA tool, developed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) and Rainbow Health Ontario (RHO), addresses the unique needs and concerns of LGBTQ populations.

This webinar explores: 

  • health disparities and specific health needs among LGBTQ populations
  • approaches to policy and program design that take into account the needs of these communities
  • how to use HEIA to identify and prevent unintended health equity impacts on LGBTQ populations. 


About Rainbow Health Ontario

Rainbow Health Ontario works to improve the health and wellbeing of LGBTQ people in Ontario through supporting practice and organizational change, policy, research, and provision of information and resources.


About the Presenters

Devon MacFarlane serves as the Director for Rainbow Health Ontario. He brings a background in community development; partnership and collaboration; program development; management; and systems change. Since the late 90s, a substantial focus of Devon’s work has been on advancing the health and well-being of lesbian, gay, bi, queer, Two-Spirit, and trans communities, using an intersectional approach – work that is close to Devon’s heart as an out trans and queer person. Devon also actively volunteers within LGBTQ communities in a range of ways, including having served as a President of the Canadian Professional Association for Transgender Health (CPATH).

Susan Barrass supports the development of RHO’s policy agenda, including conducting policy research and analysis on provincial and federal policy initiatives that have implications for LGBTQ health. Previously, Susan has worked as a researcher on issues of immigration and settlement for newcomers to Canada, labour market precarity and issues related to seniors’ health. She has also worked as a policy analyst with the federal public service. Susan also serves as the point of contact for researchers who are interested in promoting studies through RHO’s network and website.

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Devon MacFarlane


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Susan Barrass

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