Health Equity Toolkit

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About this Toolkit

The EQUIP team is committed to sharing knowledge about equity-oriented care with health care providers and organizations, to support them to adopt equity-oriented practices and provide the best possible care to their patients. Providing equity-oriented care is complex, but can start with low cost, high impact, small changes!

Our health care partners have told us that what they want most are easy-to-use tools, to take the theory and evidence behind equity-oriented care and put it in real, concrete terms with examples of how to shift conversations, practices and clinic spaces toward equity.

We know that initiatives focusing solely on changing the knowledge or practices of individual practitioners are likely to have limited success, unless they also consider the organizational contexts in which practitioners provide health care. However, recent research shows that practitioners who implement brief, practical strategies at the point of care can profoundly improve patients’ experiences. With this goal in view, we are developing a series of tools designed to break down equity-oriented care into useful ideas, approaches and practices that any provider or organization can tailor to their own local context and needs.

Key findings: EQUIP Primary Care Study

What is health equity?

What are health equity interventions?

Organizational Readiness Tools

Key Dimensions of Equity-Oriented Care

Trauma-and Violence-Informed Care (TVIC)

Preventing, Recognizing & Addressing Vicarious Trauma

Promoting Health Equity: Harm Reduction

10 Things: Creating a Welcoming Environment

Top Things Any Provider Can Do To Support People Experiencing Violence

Responding To Discrimination

Equity Talk Pocket Cards

TVIC Workshop

TVIC Principles


Many people contributed to the creation of this toolkit. Specifically we would like to acknowledge the contributions
of the following experts:

  • Dr. Vicki Smye
  • Dr. Vicky Bungay
  • Dr. Bernie Pauly
  • Dr. Bruce Wallace
  • Dr. Heather Smith
  • Dr. Ishu Ishiyama
  • Cheryl Ward
  • Alycia Fridkin
  • Joanne Parker
  • Janina Krabbe

We want your feedback!

To provide feedback about any of the tools you find on our site, please email