It can be challenging to uncover and address health inequities at a practice-level with the current data available to us. This interactive workshop will provide practical guidance to teams interested in using data to identify potentially vulnerable populations and reduce inequities in care.
Over the last three years, more than 11,000 patients at SMHAFHT have completed a health equity survey that includes questions on gender, sexual orientation, housing, income, disability, ethnicity, and language. The survey was developed collaboratively by multiple stakeholders in the Toronto Central LHIN and is now mandated at hospitals and other health organizations across the LHIN. We will discuss some of the early challenges faced with implementing this survey. We will share results of our research assessing the quality of the health equity data we have collected. We will also share results from interviews and focus groups with patients, administrative staff, FHT leadership, and clinicians about their views of the survey and how to best use the data.
We will also discuss the application of this data to our patients who are under-screened for cancer. Participants will be asked to help interpret our results. By working with the data directly, participants will get a sense of the challenges and opportunities in using a health equity survey to develop and target clinical interventions. We will share how we are using the health equity data to inform work related to cancer-screening at SMHAFHT. We will end with a discussion of the different types of data that could be collected to understand and address health equity, strategies to collect the data, and potential uses.