Six steps of Urban HEART

STEP 5: Assess and prioritize health equity gaps and gradients

  • This is a highly critical stage whereby all stakeholders participate in identifying priority issues by assessing the Urban HEART evidence. Although the MATRIX and MONITOR provide quantitative results, this phase should include qualitative assessment as well.
  • Ensure that stakeholders can interpret the charts. Focus on numeric results as well as the colour codes.
  • Facilitate careful and deliberative discussion. There are several strategies for reviewing the charts, depending on stakeholders’ concerns. Focus on trends and pockets of deep inequities, understanding the causes and consequences of inequities (using qualitative approaches).
  • Prioritize key equity problems.