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Building Capacity for Equity in Health Promotion Project Survey

Deadline March 15, 2010

This survey is being carried out as part of the project Building Capacity for Equity in Health Promotion, being led by Health Nexus and the Health Equity Council, and funded through the Healthy Communities Grant of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion.  Visit  http://www.healthnexus.ca/projects/building_capacity/index.htm to read about the project.

The purpose of this survey is to collect data that will inform an environmental scan and promising practice directory that will be produced as part of the project. The survey is divided into two parts:

  • Part 1: Environmental scan – “who is doing what”:  This scan seeks to discover who is doing what in relation to health equity for racialized communities in Ontario. This information will help inform the project, specifically the literature review, promising practice directory, and contribute to the building of a health equity network in the province.
  • Part 2: Promising Practice Directory: This directory will highlight promising practices related to health equity for racialized communities in Ontario. These practices will inform workshop content, case studies and other aspects of project development. A directory will be of use to organizations, groups and individuals to support integration of a health equity approach into planning in order to reduce health disparities.

The term “practice” is broadly defined to include programs and services, broader initiatives, interventions, strategies, policies, advocacy, resources, tools, reports, practices, websites, etc. We do not wish to limit the nature of items that you may submit, so that we are able to assess the range of practices available.   Visit http://www.healthnexus.ca/projects/building_capacity/index.htm for an explanation of the terms “health equity” and “racialized” communities.

Who should complete this survey?  Any group or organization who works with, or whose work has an impact on racialized communities in Ontario and their health. You may in fact be involved in a health equity related initiative, even if you do not use the term. We encourage you to look at your work to see if you should be responding to this survey.  Specific focus around project priorities of healthy eating, physical activity and mental health promotion is preferable, but not necessary.  If you work in public health, a community health centre or a community organization this survey is meant for you. However, given the fact that health inequities are created and maintained by intersecting factors, we actively welcome submissions from other audiences.  If your work involves policy, planning, direction setting, we would like to hear from you. What we know about inequities tells us that addressing these issues best begins by setting the right policy directions, in addition to how programs and services are delivered.  We especially wish to encourage submissions from smaller community groups and agencies, including those run by volunteers, as these initiatives are not often included in more formal promising practice or “best practice” directories and inventories. We hope this project will be an opportunity to highlight the wealth of initiatives that we know are happening in the community.

For more information, and access to the survey, please read the full invitation on the Health Nexus website at http://www.healthnexus.ca/projects/building_capacity/index.htm.

Thank you for completing this survey. This survey will remain open until March 15, 2010.

We would like to hear from as many groups as possible. If you are unable to access the electronic survey, please let us know. We would be happy to call you and complete the survey over the phone.

For this, or any other questions related to the survey, please contact Subha Sankaran at s.sankaran@healthnexus.ca or (416) 408-6915/Toll free 1-800-397-9567 x2245.