Tools & Resources
Learning Initiatives for Rural and Northern BC (LIRN BC) is a collaborative approach to building on the capacities of rural, remote and Northern British Columbian communities. LIRN BC can bring trainers and facilitators to your community to deliver a learning event for residents. Visit their website for information on applying for support.
Tools & Resources
In rural BC, it has been reported that the ‘boom and bust’ cycles of natural resource extraction development have been a significant factor in shaping the health inequities that are observed and experienced throughout the province. Accordingly, there is a strong desire to better assess and respond to the impacts of resource extraction and development on the social determinants of health (SDOH). This document seeks to assist local efforts by industry and other stakeholders in incorporating SDOH into managing and monitoring the impacts of natural resource extraction and development.
“It is easier to build strong children than to repair broken [adults]” Frederic Douglas – 1855
Foundations matter, and so when a community builds a program they must pay attention to what they build on. Vernon, a city of 40,000 in the Okanagan, knew this well when residents started to transform their city into a Child and Youth Friendly Community in 2017. Vernon sought the best practical and academic advice it could, and found models to emulate from across the European Union, and in BC as well – New Westminster, North Vancouver and Richmond.
BC Healthy Communities is beyond delighted to share some exciting news for anyone who’s been daydreaming about hitting the open road on two wheels. Until February 9, the BikeBC program is accepting applications from communities seeking funding to support cycling infrastructure projects. To date, there are over 100 examples of provincially funded projects throughout BC, and specific grants for smaller communities with a population under 15,000.
Victoria Barr, Program Manager with BC Healthy Communities Society will be presenting at the upcoming Columbia Institute’s Centre for Civic Governance forum titled High Ground: Communities for All. Taking place March 23-24, 2018 in Vancouver, this event offers elected leaders the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of current civic issues, learn through interactive discussions on climate change/action, socio-economic inclusion, smart cities, energy security, and electoral disruption.
A multi-sectoral effort in the Cowichan Valley, under the leadership and guidance of Cowichan Elders, has been working together to foster social connections and to facilitate a cultural shift.
Loneliness is a major public health risk and even more dangerous than alcohol consumption, physical inactivity, obesity and air pollution, says Julianne Holt-Lunstad, a professor of psychology at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah.
Source: First Nations Health Authority (FNHA)
On July 7, 2017 the Province of BC announced a provincial state of emergency regarding the current wildfire situation. This is an unprecedented situation for our province, and one that is affecting many First Nations communities in the Interior Region.
During this stressful time, we at the FNHA are committed to sharing information and support with communities. Evacuations are underway in many areas, and with the hot, dry weather expected to continue, more families and communities may need to leave their homes for safety.