International Journal of Public Health

, Volume 59, Issue 3, pp 457–464 | Cite as

Equity-focused knowledge translation: a framework for “reasonable action” on health inequities

  • J. R. Masuda
  • T. Zupancic
  • E. Crighton
  • N. Muhajarine
  • E. Phipps
Original Article



To identify gaps in procedural approaches to knowledge translation and outline a more relational approach that addresses health inequities based on creating collaborative environments for reasonable action.


A literature review encompassing approaches to critical inquiry of the institutional conditions in which knowledge is created combined with a process for encouraging reflexive professional practice provide the conceptual foundation for our approach, called equity-focused knowledge translation (EqKT).


The EqKT approach creates a matrix through which teams of knowledge stakeholders (researchers, practitioners, and policymakers) can set common ground for taking collaborative action on health inequities.


Our approach can contribute to the call by the WHO Commission on the Social Determinants of Healths for more reasonable action on health inequities by being incorporated into numerous public health settings and processes. Further steps include empirical applications and evaluations of EqKT in real world applications.


Health inequities Equity-focused knowledge translation Social injustice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. R. Masuda
    • 1
    • 2
  • T. Zupancic
    • 1
  • E. Crighton
    • 3
  • N. Muhajarine
    • 4
  • E. Phipps
    • 5
  1. 1.Centre for Environmental Health EquityWinnipegCanada
  2. 2.University of ManitobaWinnipegCanada
  3. 3.University of OttawaOttawaCanada
  4. 4.University of SaskatchewanSaskatoonCanada
  5. 5.Canadian Partnership for Children’s Health and EnvironmentOttawaCanada

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