Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA)

Author: Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2012)
Publication Date: 2012

Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care (2012). Health Equity Impact Assessment (HEIA). Canada.


This tool was developed to determine how an intervention may variably impact different populations, including unintended potential impacts, with a goal of reducing inequities. The tool consists of a workbook that provides key definitions and walks the user through the assessment process, as well as a template. Population-specific supplements (e.g., LGBTQ2S+, immigrant populations) to the tool are also available.

Potential use

A helpful resource for minimizing unintended impacts leading to inequities. Using this tool as part of early stages of planning is ideal but it may be used to assess intervention equity at any stage, including retrospectively.

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