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Levels of Action – Systems

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A system is the relationships among interconnected structures and people. Lasting solutions to systemic inequities require systems change.

Action at the systems level seeks to change inequitable structures and transform the underlying power dynamics, relationships, narratives, and histories that sustain these structures.

An equity lens is essential to systems change and include redistribution of power to avoid perpetuation of systemic inequities.

Examples of action at the systems level include:


  1. Pauly, B., Shahram, S. Z., van Roode, T., Strosher, H.W., & MacDonald, M.(2018). Reorienting Health Systems Towards Health Equity: The Systems Health Equity Lens (SHEL). Victoria, BC: The Equity Lens in Public Health (ELPH) Research Project.