Recent News

By Meghan Pritchard, BHK, MPH, Community Health Specialist, Surrey and Burnaby

On October 9 the Burnaby Healthier Community Partnership hosted a workshop about finding the links between mental health, physical activity and physical literacy. This workshop was delivered in partnership with the BC Healthy Communities Society on behalf of the PlanH Program. 

On October 6th PlanH collaborated with members of the Healthy Built Environment Alliance on an introductory webinar describing the foundations for linking health and the built environment. This webinar was an invited session for a cohort of public health professionals in BC Health Authorities, who are embarking on a training program over the next several months.  We are excited to now share the resources from this webinar with others who are interested in foundational information about the 'what and why' of linking health and the built environment, what it means to have a healthy built envi

BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC) is facilitating a province-wide story-telling initiative to shape the narrative around the impact of healthy community leadership in British Columbia. PlanH has selected five community stories from different health authority regions in BC. Filming is now underway.

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) and Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) are excited to announce the release of the newly updated BC Food Security Gateway website: www.bcfoodsecuritygateway.ca

The new site and newsletter can help keep you informed of food security work happening across BC. The BC Food Security Gateway supports knowledge exchange and collaboration to address food security in BC.

Several collaborative tables in the Surrey region recently explored Collective Impact in a workshop co-sponsored by the Community Action Initiative. Four groups, which involved diverse stakeholders from Fraser Health, the City of Surrey and other community organizations explored how to have greater impact on a number of topics ranging from food security to social connectedness.

Get ready! 28 communities across the country, will release a 2015 Vital Signs report on October 6th.

The Vital Signs report makes use of local knowledge and data to measure the vitality of communities and explores how they are taking action to improve the quality of life in their communities.

Take a sneak peak at the 2015 launch in this webinar. The webinar reviews the Vital Signsapproach, and why 'belonging' is a key theme.

The City of Prince George is taking action on improving the health of their citizens by looking at tobacco use in the city. Earlier this year the City hosted a smoke-free 2015 Canada Winter Games. They initially created a proclamation that all official venues used for the 2015 Canada Winter Games would be smoke-free in partnership between Northern Health, the 2015 Canada Winter Games, and the City of Prince George.

The Fall intake for the 2015/16 Regional Community to Community (C2C) Forum is now open.  First Nations and local governments may apply for up to $5,000 in matching funds to bring together elected officials from neighbouring communities to discuss common goals and pursue opportunities for joint action.

Each year, the First Nations Health Directors Association honours one FNHDA member from each of five health regions with an Inspiration Award at their annual AGM.

There are plenty of health and wellness champions doing extraordinary things in our communities, and the FNHDA Inspiration Award is a great way to celebrate their achievements and thank them for a job well done!

Email fnhda@fnha.ca for more information. 

Deadline is August 28, 2015.

A recent post on the Standford School of Medicine's Center for Compassion And Altruism Research And Education website by Dr, Emma Seppala describes how social connection improves physical health and mental and emotional well-being. An excerpt from the post and link to a detailed infographic follows:

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