What is EQUIP Health Care?
EQUIP Health Care is a group of research intervention studies working with health care organizations – like primary health care clinics and emergency departments – to enhance their capacity to provide equity-oriented health care, particularly for those experiencing marginalization.
What is Equity-Oriented Health Care?
Equity-oriented health care (EOHC) is about directing resources to those with the greatest needs. It doesn’t mean treating everyone equally, because everyone doesn’t need the same thing. The aim of the EQUIP intervention is to enhance EOHC by recognizing and seeking to reduce the impacts of:
- unfair and inequitable division of access for people to the social determinants of health (such as adequate income, housing, social support), which are the foundation for social and health inequities
- multiple and intersecting forms of discrimination and stigma, including that based on poverty, racism and gender
- the ongoing effects of trauma and violence in people’s lives, including that perpetrated by systems (such as legislation or policies that disadvantage certain groups)
EQUIP’s take on Equity-Oriented Health Care incorporates the three key dimensions of:
- trauma- and violence-informed care;
- culturally-safe care; and
- harm reduction.
These 3 Key Dimensions are interconnected, responsive to inequities, and tailored to each particular context. Ten Strategies flow from these key dimensions to guide organizations in how-to enhance their capacity for providing equity-oriented services.
Check out the diagram below to see how it all fits together!