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Health Equity

CAMH believes in the principle of equity and respects the diversity of the individuals and communities we serve.

Evidence shows that people belonging to certain population groups tend to experience disparities in their health status, access to services and the quality of care received. Factors such as gender, race, sexual orientation, immigration status, income and education can influence a person's access to timely, appropriate and high-quality care.

Health equity is concerned with creating equal opportunities for good health for all and reducing avoidable and unjust differences in health among population groups.

Equitable access to health services that is based on need, fairness in the distribution of health care resources, provision of culturally competent care and focus on the most health-disadvantaged groups can significantly reduce disparities in health outcomes among population groups and enhance the wellbeing of underprivileged populations.

The Health Equity Office

CAMH has a long history of being a champion for diversity and we have made a long-term organizational commitment to reducing disparities in mental illness and treatment in marginalized groups. CAMH’s journey started with the approval of diversity as an organizational priority in 2000, and has developed health equity as a driving force to reflect the changing understanding of issues as the healthcare environment has matured.

The Health Equity Office was established in March, 2011. Through our work, we plan and implement equity based initiatives in keeping with the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care (MOHLTC) (hyperlink and Toronto Central Local Health Integration Network (TC LHIN) priorities.

CAMH's commitment to health equity is reflected in our clinical work, community engagement and partnerships, research, human resources and leadership accountability.

Below are some health equity initiatives we are working on.

Patient Demographic Data Collection: We Ask because We Care
Evidence shows that factors such as ethnicity, gender, income, sexual orientation or education can affect patient access to care. Reducing these disparities requires action by health care organizations. Collecting socio-demographic data from clients is a necessary first step for health care organizations to take such action. This data will contribute to our goal of ensuring that every client has access to the highest quality healthcare we can provide.

The Ontario Human Rights Commission: Count Me In! Collecting Human Rights Based Data
The Ontario Human Rights Commission (the OHRC) has found that data collection can play a useful and often essential role in creating strong human rights and human resources strategies for organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.

The Tri-Hospital + Toronto Public Health Equity Data Collection Report  

Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA) is a practical decision-support tool developed by the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC) to advance health equity and reduce avoidable health disparities between population groups. In partnership with the MOHLTC, CAMH has developed a free self-directed interactive E-learning course on HEIA [aussidisponible en Français]. 

Health Equity for Health Care Providers
Health Equity is a key component of quality health care. CAMH, in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (MOHLTC), has created the Health Equity for Health Care Providers website to facilitate a 'one-window' approach to connect Health Link and other health care providers with health equity tools and resources.

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