GTE Toolkit

Getting to Equity in Obesity Prevention (GTE) Toolkit

Key Assumptions and User Guidance

Key assumptions

We assume that Toolkit users will

  • Focus on a particular topic area and population, be familiar with relevant disparities and health equity issues and have an intention to address them.
  • Have general knowledge of and prior experience in public or community health research, practice or policy initiatives.
  • Refer to expert recommendations for PSE interventions that focus on food intake or physical activity [See Appendices 7, 8 and 9]
  • Engage (individually and/or in teams) with relevant stakeholders (e.g. community members, policy or programmatic decision makers, or funders) to benefit from local knowledge, lived experience, and partnerships [See Appendix 4]

General user guidance

The GTE framework can guide an analysis of what equity-relevant factors, if considered in intervention design and implementation, have improved or could improve PSE processes and outcomes for priority populations.

Such analyses can be prospective, at the stage of policy design or program planning or retrospective, using policy or program experience to identify inequities in reach or outcomes and identify opportunities for improvement.

Adopting a health equity lens, using a process that is ongoing and partnered with community and other stakeholders is always a critical first step and is applied throughout.