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Equity Impact Assessment

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    Key Takeaways
    • An equity impact assessment (EIA) is a tool that can be used to identify unintended potential impacts (positive or negative) of an initiative on systemically marginalized groups.
    • By proactively assessing the potential impacts of proposed initiatives and redesigning them accordingly, health care organizations can reduce existing disparities, prevent further inequities, and enable more equitable solutions.
    • An EIA is a valuable tool to bring attention to groups that are typically overlooked in decision-making. However, an EIA is not a stand-alone tool and is not a substitute for meaningful input from marginalized communities.
    • Organizations should embed EIAs into standard project management and decision-making processes so equity becomes a part of every decision.

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