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What is Health Quality

Health Equity and Quality

Health equity will be achieved when all people living in Ontario are able to reach their full health potential.

This means all people are able to receive high quality care that is fair and appropriate to them and their needs, regardless of region, economic or social status, language, culture, gender or religion.

To this end, building an equitable health system is complex. Yet issues often fall outside the walls of the health care system.

But there is still much that can be done to help mitigate inequities and provide health care that is both accessible and appropriate.

Health Quality Ontario has developed a plan to embed equity into our own work and to encourage providers, system leaders and planners to make it prominent in their thinking, discussions and planning as they build a system, in consultation with patients, that is safe, effective, patient-centred, efficient and timely.

Our plan for bringing health equity to the forefront is informed by many people and much research. Learn about the work we’re doing in cooperation, and the collective efforts that remain.

Our Health Equity Plan

Designed to bring health equity to the forefront and inspire action.

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Health Equity Summit

To establish the groundwork for our plan, we first brought together people with lived experience, health system leaders, and providers.

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Income and Health

Our Income and Health report shows how income is associated with health risks, health care and health outcomes among people in Ontario.

Front cover of the health equity report: Income and Health

Research in partnership: an International Review and Overview of Inequities

In partnership with the Wellesley Institute, we examined literature on equity and health in two reviews: The International Review of Health Equity Strategies, and What we know about health inequities in Ontario.

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Jennifer’s story: A personal story of scraping by

Jennifer shares with us her challenges of eating healthy on a limited income. Video transcript

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Richard’s story: Where homelessness and quality health care meet

Watch Dr. Joshua Tepper talk about Richard, a man who lived on the streets of Toronto, as Health Quality Ontario’s CEO brings health equity to life.

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HQO’s CEO, Joshua Tepper, talks about health equity

Access to care: A key issue for those who are homeless

Our review of programs designed to help those who are homeless access a doctor, nurse, or nurse practitioner, shows the benefits of outreach and orientation.

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Let’s make our health system healthier

Join Our Patient, Family and Public Advisors Program

Patients, families and the public are central to improving health quality.

Claude Lurette and Kowsiya Vijayartnam, Health Quality Ontario Patient, Family and Caregiver Advisors Council Co-Chairs

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