The Huron Perth & Area Ontario Health Team (HPA-OHT)’s Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Anti-Racism (EID-AR) Working Group was established in spring 2021 as part of the Accountability and Implementation Structure for HPA-OHT. Secretariat staff and member organization representatives comprise the Working Group undertake this important work.
To maintain focus on HPA-OHT’s diversity, equity and inclusion commitment, it is important to understand the work specifically within the health care sector. The Alliance for Healthier Communities Health Equity Charter 2020 is an excellent example of boldly addressing the needs of communities in relation to the best possible health for everyone.
The purpose of the HPA-OHT Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Guide is to share information
with members and, together, take action. The Guide serves as one source for members to
integrate into their own organization’s DEI work and as the foundation for the future action by
the HPA-OHT DEI Working Group.
Last Updated: September 2021
This statement can be used by member organizations of the HPA-OHT as a “foundational
statement” to reflect their own and the HPA-OHT’s commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion
in health system design and service delivery. This statement is designed to evolve as the HPA-OHT work progresses:
“Huron Perth and Area Ontario Health Team (HPA-OHT) works to create a healthcare system that reflects the diversity of the communities we serve and provides equitable and inclusive care.
The Ontario Health Team commits to create and maintain a health system that is diverse, inclusive, equitable and welcoming.”
Last Updated: September 2022
We acknowledge and give thanks for the land on which we gather as being the traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee/People of the Long House and the Anishinaabe.
We recognize the First Peoples’ continued stewardship of the land and water, and that this territory is subject to the Dish with One Spoon Wampum under which multiple nations agreed to care for the land and resources by the Great Lakes in peace.
We also acknowledge and recognize the treaties signed in regard to this land including Treaty #29 and Treaty #45 ½. Our roles and shared responsibilities as treaty people mean we are committed to moving forward in reconciliation with gratitude and respect with all First Nations, Métis, Inuit and Indigenous Peoples.
READ the 94 Calls to Action – especially 18 to 24 as they are related to health.
READ A Knock on the Door: The Essential History of Residential Schools from TRC.
READ Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga
READ The Advocate online magazine at the Chiefs of Ontario web site.
BUY the Orange Shirt Day and WEAR it often.
LISTEN to All Our Relations: 2018 Massey Lectures by Tanya Talaga
LISTEN / WATCH / READ The Secret Path by Gord Downie & Jeff Lemire
DONATE to Downie & Wenjack Fund
EXPLORE a map of territories, languages, and treaties
Bringing reconciliation to healthcare means:
- Promoting Policy and Systems Change.
- Engaging Communities.
- Recruiting and Retaining Indigenous Staff and Health Care Providers.
- Engaging Anti-Racism and Cultural Safety Education.
- Improving Indigenous Client Care and Outcomes.
Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Resources
Ontario Health developed an Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism Framework with a focus on addressing anti-Indigenous and anti-Racism work through eleven areas of action.
The Canadian Mental Health Association Ontario released an Action Framework: Advancing Equity in Mental Health with ideas for integrating at service delivery, organizational and regional
Cancer Care Ontario has an Equity in Engagement Framework; the framework promotes equitable engagement and tools to assist efforts to engage and connect with diverse
CAMH released a framework for Dismantling Anti-Black Racism; the framework outlines goals and specific actions to dismantle anti-Black racism within CAMH.
DEI Statement Samples
The Canadian Chiropractic Association released a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.
Lakeridge Health released a commitment to Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Statement.
Dates of Significance
Created and maintained by the Ontario Centres for Learning, Research and Innovation in Long-Term Care (Ontario CLRI), the Diversity and Inclusion Calendar keeps track of days that may have special meaning for LTC residents, families and team members in Ontario all in one online space: religious and spiritual days of significance, cultural celebrations, awareness days and health promotion days.
General EID-AR Workshops
Participate in a range of workshops covering the essentials of Equity, Inclusion, Diversity, and Anti-Racism, tailored for healthcare professionals.
Call it out: Racism, Racial Discrimination and Human Rights from the Ontario Human Rights Commission; a 30-minute interactive e-course that offers a foundation for learning about race, racial discrimination and human rights protections under Ontario Human Rights Code.
Building the Foundations of Anti-Oppressive Healthcare is a training initiative aimed at fostering equity, diversity, and inclusion within healthcare institutions, addressing the shortcomings of conventional approaches by encouraging a critical examination of personal assumptions, behaviors, and organizational practices. This program, consisting of two 4-hour modules delivered via Zoom, provides participants with access to online resources, additional readings, and reflective questions to support learning and develop a shared vocabulary for productive dialogue in live sessions. It challenges participants to use their social influence to effect positive change, disrupt harmful norms, and reimagine healthcare environments.
The Immigrant and Refugee Mental Health Project (IRMHP) provides comprehensive online training, tools, and resources tailored for professionals in settlement, social, and health services assisting immigrants and refugees. Participants will enhance their knowledge and skills, gaining access to new strategies and tools applicable to their roles, alongside the opportunity to network with service providers nationwide and receive expert advice. This self-paced initiative broadens the scope of the former Refugee Mental Health Project, focusing on a wide range of mental health issues among various immigrant and refugee groups and highlighting effective, evidence-based treatments and support mechanisms.
Indigenous Focused Learning for Settlers
Explore resources designed to deepen understanding and respect for Indigenous cultures, histories, and perspectives among settlers.
94 Calls to Action by The Truth and Reconciliation Commission; actions to advance Canada through the process of reconciliation with First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous Peoples—includes a “health” section (actions 18-24).
Learn more here.
Ontario Health’s (Cancer Care Ontario) Indigenous Relationship and Cultural Safety Course; a series of 13 Free online courses to provide knowledge about the history and culture of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people and communities.
Some HPA OHT members have received San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety training from the Provincial Health Services Authority in BC. This training was provided up to ten members from each OHT in 2020-2021. There is an OHT goal to have all members trained in Indigenous Cultural Safety. It is an eight week, work-at-your-own pace course that requires 8 to 11 hour per week. Cost is approximately $300 per person. The training is accredited by the Ontario College of Family Physicians, Canadian College of Health Leaders and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
The Anishinaabe Mino’Ayaawin – People in Good Health, developed by IPHCC, represents a holistic approach to Indigenous Cultural Safety that transcends mere cultural competency to include an understanding of historical, social contexts, and power dynamics affecting Indigenous health. This methodology emphasizes the importance of cultural awareness, sensitivity, humility, and safety, addressing the detrimental effects of anti-Indigenous racism on the health and wellness of Indigenous communities in Ontario and across Canada. Through decolonizing and Indigenous-informed strategies, the IPHCC seeks to educate and transform the broader healthcare system to ensure equitable care for First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people.
Addressing Anti-Black Racism
Engage with materials aimed at confronting and dismantling systemic and individual anti-Black racism within healthcare settings and beyond.
The Sickle Cell Disease Education Program for Healthcare Providers consists of 13 modules, each comprising multiple micro-lessons designed to be completed in under 10 minutes, aimed at offering equitable access to high-quality education to improve the care of individuals with Sickle Cell Disease (SCD). This self-learning program, certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 13 Mainpro+® credits, seeks to enhance healthcare providers’ knowledge, skills, and practices to mitigate health inequities and ensure safe, equitable care. Targeted at a broad audience including physicians, nurses, social workers, and psychologists, the program provides a comprehensive understanding of SCD, its treatment, complications, and the lived experiences of patients, culminating in a certificate of completion for each module.
Access inclusive and affirming resources tailored to support and advocate for the 2SLGBTQAA+ community within healthcare environments.
2SLGBTQ communities face specific health challenges and barriers to accessing care. RHO offers training for healthcare and social service providers to increase their clinical and cultural competency in caring for their LGBT2SQ service users.
Discover programs and tools that enhance care and services for Francophone communities, ensuring linguistic and cultural sensitivity.
Offered by Ontario Health (West)
Dive into a comprehensive, free online course designed to enhance your expertise in providing culturally and linguistically sensitive care. This opportunity, generously provided by Ontario Health (West), is easily accessible. Simply click on “Register Now” to begin the approval process for access to this invaluable online resource.
The Cultural and Linguistic Sensitive Care Learning Program is a meticulously crafted six-hour course, comprising an introductory segment followed by three informative modules. Each module is laden with a variety of learning materials including case studies, quizzes, videos, reflection prompts, and evaluations, ensuring a rich, interactive educational experience.
Participants are afforded the luxury of progressing through the program at their own pace, providing a flexible learning environment that caters to individual schedules and learning preferences. Upon registration, you will be asked to specify your anticipated completion date, allowing for a personalized learning journey.
- Module 1: Understanding Culture and the Importance of Cultural and Linguistic Sensitive Care
- Module 2: Identifying Francophones in Ontario
- Module 3: Implementing the Active Offer of French Language Services
In addition to the core modules, the program offers a range of supplementary resources, including printable materials, to enhance your learning experience.
Certification and Credits:
Upon successful completion of all three modules, along with the requisite activities and evaluations, participants will be awarded a Certificate of Completion. Moreover, this program qualifies certified members of the Canadian College of Health Leaders (CHE / Fellow) for 20 Category II credits towards their Maintenance of Certification requirement, underscoring the program’s value in professional development within the healthcare leadership community.
This online training program delves into the crucial aspects of effectively providing French language health services. This course is designed for healthcare professionals and students in related fields.
Participants will discuss the significance of actively offering French language health services and explore strategies for enhancing these services in their practice. The program aims to highlight individuals’ role in fostering improvements in the availability and quality of French language health services, ultimately promoting safe, quality, person-centred care.
Register now to gain insights into implementing practical steps towards achieving excellence in service provision to Francophone communities, ensuring equitable access to healthcare services for all.
Tools and Toolkits
Health Equity Impact Assessment Tool; decision support tool that walks individuals through the steps of identifying how a program, policy or similar initiative will impact population groups in different ways.
D.I.Y Health Equity Toolkit produced by Canadian Association of Mental Health; a guide for those interested in working towards equity within Ontario’s Mental Health System and beyond.
Advancing the Mission: Tools for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion; toolkit contains 11 tools that organization can use to achieve change—divided into two categories: Cross-Cutting Tools and Hard-Wire Group (see page 28).
Navigating Race in Canadian Workplaces; a toolkit for diversity and inclusion practitioners to provide them with relevant resources to talk about race and racism in the workplace.
The Embracing Diversity: A Toolkit for Supporting Inclusion in Long-Term Care Homes is an interactive resource with print and online components that gives LTC homes practical steps to nurture diverse and welcoming communities. The toolkit was created by the Ontario CLRI and was informed by the Supporting Diversity and Inclusion in Long-Term Care Advisory Committee and other experts, including persons with lived experience.
Health Equity Toolkit by EQUIP Health Care; specifically, Trauma and Violence Informed Practice Tool.
Grey Bruce Public Health created a Health Equity Tool and corresponding online training videos along with instructions for use.
Guides, Tips and Policy Documents
The Registered Nurses Association of Ontario released the Embracing Cultural Diversity in Health Care: Developing Cultural Competence – a best practices guide for embracing diversity within health care organizations.
City of Ottawa created an Equity and Inclusion Lens Handbook.
Rainbow Health Ontario, a program of Sherbourne Health, wrote this brief guide in response to the many requests they receive for guidance on incorporating sexual orientation and gender identity into intake forms and EHRs. They understand that making changes to software can be difficult and the ability to make changes depends both on the flexibility of the software program and access to funds.
In this brief, the Fenway Institute discuss two methods for gathering sexual orientation and gender identity from patients, by asking questions on the patient registration (intake) form, and by requiring that providers gather this information directly from patients during medical visits, recording responses in the electronic medical record.
View the policy brief here.
Health Quality Ontario produced a Health Equity Plan.
This strategic document emerges from a collaborative effort involving community members, health leaders, and academics, aimed at confronting the persistent systemic health disparities faced by Black communities in Ontario.
The Black Health Plan articulates a comprehensive approach to reducing health disparities and promoting equity, serving as both a blueprint for action and a source of inspiration for health care providers, organizations, and governing bodies. It is structured around three core pillars: equitable pandemic response, health system recovery focusing on Black populations, and the sustenance of health equity. Each pillar is supported by specific recommendations directed at the Ministry of Health, Ontario Health, Ontario Health Teams, and health service providers.
This plan is a call to action, urging the health sector to adopt its recommendations and work towards transforming the health care landscape to ensure safe, equitable care, and improved outcomes for Black communities across Ontario. Developed jointly by Ontario Health, The Wellesley Institute, and the Black Health Alliance, the plan stands as a testament to what can be achieved through collective effort and leadership in the health community.
For more detailed insights and to explore the roadmap laid out by this plan, we encourage our leaders and management to download and review the Black Health Plan. Engaging with this resource is a step forward in our journey towards creating an inclusive health system that serves all populations equitably.