Equity-Mobilizing Partnerships in Community (EMPaCT)

Learning from Diversity: An Innovation in Inclusive Engagement

If we want an inclusive health system that is socially just and fair for all, we need to hear from people who have diverse lived experiences and apply a health equity lens to everything.

EMPaCT is an innovation that addresses both.

What is EMPaCT?

Equity-Mobilizing Partnerships in Community (EMPaCT) is a community table co-created with members of community.

We are a community of people with diverse lived experiences who are focused on improving health equity so that everyone can have similar healthcare experiences and health outcomes irrelevant of who they are.

We are based out of Women’s College Hospital and provide consultations and health equity assessments to project decision-makers who seek to make their work inclusive.

Over the past year, we have provided consultations for many types of healthcare projects including healthcare policy, program delivery, and research.

EMPaCT receives direct operational, strategic and administrative support from WIHV.

Our Services 

EMPaCT provides services to decision-makers to understand how different communities might be impacted by their work and how equity can be better addressed.

We offer the following services:

  • Consultations to program implementers, policy-makers, and research teams
  • Health equity assessments from a community lens

EMPaCT consults on work with clear pathways to change. This includes:

Practice: Improvement and new practices where the impact from change occurs short term and is limited to the practice location.

Policy: Changes to existing policy or new policies that impact in the mid to long-term and can be regional.

Research: Changes to research priorities, design, analysis and spreading the knowledge that leads to impact in the long-term and can be far reaching.

To learn more, please see our co-created video - EMPaCT: Partnering for Change

How does EMPaCT work?

When you contact us, we work with you to determine the scope of the consultation. Then we will coach and prepare you to engage effectively to receive the best value from the consultation. The EMPaCT Community consultation takes about 1 hour including a very short presentation of your work and the issues you wish to discuss followed by an in-depth discussion. The discussion and subsequent reflections by the group are contained in a written report provided back to you. The final step is for you to provide feedback to EMPaCT about the changes you made as a result of the consultation.

EMPaCT Community Members 

The community covers a wide range of diverse and intersectional lived experiences. We look for members to add to our collective perspective to include more voices.


For more information about EMPaCT or to book a consult, please contact Dr. Ambreen Sayani:


Our Funders 

EMPaCT has received the Engaging Multi-stakeholders for Patient Oriented research Wider Effects & Reach (EMPOWER) Award from the Ontario Strategy for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR) Support Unit (OSSU). The Ontario SPOR SUPPORT Unit is supported by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research and the Province of Ontario

Dr. Ambreen Sayani is funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Patient-Oriented Research – Transition to Leadership Stream Fellowship Award.


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