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Health Equity Systems Interventions

The Health Equity Systems Interventions (HESI) Research Group focuses on health equity. A fair distribution of well-being across society (health equity) is an important indicator of places that are socially just.

Structural Determinants of Health Equity

Systems of health equity are maintained and influenced by a wide array of structural determinants, such as government and institutional policies, approaches to governance, and dominant cultural and societal values.

Examples of structural determinant variables include:

  • strong versus weak unemployment insurance schemes
  • strong versus weak rights for workers
  • intersectoral versus siloed models

The World Health Organization’s 2010 Conceptual Framework for Action on the Social Determinants of Health is an example of a values statement related to health inequities.

Research Projects

Our Team

  • Ketan Shankardass, MHsc PhD, research group director
  • Ruth Cameron, PhD student, Community Psychology
  • Saina Goswami, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Alek Karthikeyan, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Sara Sino, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Martha Ta, master's student, Community Psychology
  • Gillian Whorms, undergraduate student, Health Sciences
  • Michelle Willson, master's student, Community Psychology

Collaborators and Funders 

  • Canadian Institute of Health Research
  • The Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care
  • Wilfrid Laurier University

Contact Us:

Ketan Shankardass, Research Group Director

T: 519.884.0710 x4316