New health equity resources for racialized communities
The Building Capacity for Equity in Health Promotion for Racialized Communities project has released a literature review and a resource guide focused on racialized health inequities.
This bilingual project was co-led by Health Nexus and the Health Equity Council, and funded by the Healthy Communities Grant of the Ontario Ministry of Health Promotion. The project team worked with health promoters and managers/decision-makers in public health, community health centres and community organizations who work with racialized communities, to build capacity for equity in the areas of healthy eating, physical activity and mental health promotion. Key activities of the project included convening five conferences across the province over the past year and producing a literature review and resource guide.
Titled Health Equity and Racialized Groups, the literature review presents a framework for understanding and action on racialized health disparities. It provides an overview of the topic, a synthesis of knowledge and literature to date, a brief history of how it has been addressed in Ontario, and examples of anti-racist approaches to health promotion. The literature identifies the direction health promotion practice needs to move in order to make significant reduction in health disparities for racialized communities.
Titled Addressing Health Inequities for Racialized Communities, the resource guide is a tool to support the capacity and effectiveness of those who are engaged in health promotion to reduce racialized health inequities. The document brings together resources and initiatives identified through the process of developing and delivering the project. The focus on physical activity, mental health promotion, healthy eating/food security are examples of entry points for addressing racialized health inequities, and direct attention to the broader, underlying causes of health disparities for racialized communities.
To access the documents and for more information about the project, visit www.healthnexus.ca.