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Now Available--The POWER Study’s FInal Chapter

The Project for an Ontario Women’s Health Evidence-Based Report (POWER) Study has produced a comprehensive provincial women’s health report. We examined an extensive set of evidence-based indicators bridging population health and health system performance. The Women's Health Equity Report provides actionable data for policy makers, providers, and consumers in their efforts to improve health and reduce health inequities in Ontario. POWER has examined gender differences in access to care, as well as quality and outcomes of care for the leading causes of morbidity and mortality in the province and how they differ by gender, socioeconomic status, ethnicity, and geography.

We conclude the POWER Study with Chapter 13 "Achieving Health Equity in Ontario: Opportunities for Intervention and Improvement." Important patterns emerged as we reviewed the findings across all of the POWER chapters. This final chapter describes these patterns and uses evidence from the POWER Study to identify opportunities to improve health equity in Ontario. A summary of the key findings from each of the POWER reports are also presented. The POWER Study’s proposed Leading Set of Health Equity Indicators are presented and key opportunities for improving data capacity in the province are outlined. Finally, we provide the POWER Health Equity Road Map, a ten-step plan to support efforts to achieve health equity in the province. This road map emerged from the themes identified across the POWER Study chapters and from broad community consultation and dialogue. The time to move forward is now. What is needed is the will and commitment.

To download a copy of the chapter, visit

The Wellesley Institute will be hosting a forum on the POWER Study’s concluding chapter and its ideas for moving forward on health equity on July 17, 2012 from 2:00-4:00 p.m.  To register for this event, visit

The POWER Study was funded by Echo: Improving Women's Health in Ontario, an agency of the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care. This report does not necessarily reflect the views of Echo or the Ministry.