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 very 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 context and needs.


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 [email protected]

In particular, please let us know if and how you use the E-HoCS-12 scale.