Equity, Diversity, Inclusion & Belonging

Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging

Key EDI & B Concepts in Heath, Wellness & Sciences

Health equity exists when people have the opportunity to reach their fullest health potential. Many causes of health inequities relate to social and environmental factors including: income, social status, race, gender, education and physical environment.

The eBooks in the Key Concepts area highlight the library's resources which feature great information on topics including health inequities faced by children with disabilities, stereotypes and related health outcomes experienced by aging persons and the well-being obstacles faced by persons living in poverty. It also provides information on the disparities people face in healthcare based on their social status, race, gender and culture and the steps needed to be more inclusive in healthcare systems.


From: Public Health Ontario. (2020). Health equity. https://www.publichealthontario.ca/en/health-topics/health-equity

Suggested Search Strategies

To locate the most timely, disciplined and policy-driven work on healthcare equity, it's recommended to search the Internet for focused information from experts in key associations, government agencies and advocacy groups.

To locate scholarly sources with in-depth discussions on equity, diversity and inclusion in healthcare, try using these keywords in the library's databases:

  • Social determinants of health
  • Dimensions of wellness
  • Health equity/inequity
  • Health disparities
  • Public health
  • Population health
  • Gender equity
  • Social justice
  • Health promotion
  • Health outcomes
  • Vulnerable populations
  • Primary health care


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Recommended Associations & Key Documents

This curated list of key associations represents a national perspective on equity, diversity and inclusion issues being addressed in Canada's healthcare landscape. It's also important to include the World Healthcare Organization for culturally inclusive healthcare.

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