Research / Culturally centred health interventions for Māori and Pacific peoples

Implementing equitable health interventions

Supporting the health system to implement interventions and improve health equity

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Project Status: Active Funding: $2,799,994 Timeframe: July 2021 – June 2024

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What we are investigating

Take | Issue

In Aotearoa New Zealand there are persisting inequities in the health of Māori and Pacific peoples when compared with people of other ethnic groups. Systemic factors, such as the slow implementation and uptake of interventions known to improve health, contribute to this. Māori and Pacific peoples are less likely to receive such interventions than other groups within the population.

Whāinga | Aim

This project aims to create and test tools that will support the health system to deliver equitable health outcomes by ensuring that the implementation of interventions is designed and undertaken in such a way that equitable outcomes are achieved.

Huarahi I Whāia | Approach

The research is being undertaken in two stages:

In Stage 1 (July 2020 – April 2021), factors relating to the implementation of health interventions, which either facilitate or impede equitable health outcomes, were identified through literature reviews and stakeholder interviews. Tools to guide the implementation of equity-enhancing health interventions – an equity-focused implementation science framework and an equity readiness assessment tool – were created through a co-design process with community members and end-users.

In Stage 2 (May 2021 – June 2024), the tools developed in Stage 1 will be trialled, evaluated and refined during the implementation of a lung cancer screening intervention at Waitematā, Auckland, Counties Manukau and Northland DHBs. Resource materials will be produced to support the use of the tools.


Research presentation: Implementing equitable health interventions – tools for use in the Aotearoa New Zealand context
Healthier Lives Kōrero Tahi 2024: equity and beyond (13-14 February 2024)

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Project Team

Research Partners

Auckland District Health Board Waitematā District Health Board

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