Logan Harris– firstname.lastname@example.org
The main objective of the Equity Working Group is to advance equity through HIA practice by identifying: a) barriers to incorporating equity considerations into HIA practice and ways to overcome those barriers; and b) opportunities for ensuring that equity considerations are a fundamental component of HIA. An additional objective of the working group is to disseminate the Communicating about Equity in HIA document.
Given the values of equity and democracy that HIA was founded upon, growth in the field holds promise for addressing health inequities. To achieve this, practitioners of and participants in HIAs must be vigilant and competent in ensuring that equity is central to the process of and the analysis in HIA. While most completed HIAs have addressed some elements of equity, many have room for improving the incorporation of equity in the HIA process.
At the September 2014 HIA of the Americas Workshop, the working group identified several potential joint projects and prioritized one: developing a guide for communicating about equity in HIA practice. At the 2013 Workshop, the group began work on the Equity Metrics. All equity working group resources are available on the SOPHIA website:
Barriers + related topics of discussion:
Future Actions: TBD!
The actions that workshops participants seemed the most interested in concerned disseminating and using existing tools, including the Communications Guide but especially the Equity Metrics. However, there is currently a parallel group of people in the midst of a project on the Equity Metrics. There was not enough support for other potential actions, and so we are currently in communication with workgroup members to identify a plan that probably will not revolve around the output of another “product”.