More local governments in BC will now be able to embark on projects to improve community health and well-being for their constituents, thanks to $125,000 in new grants and additional customized supports recently awarded by PlanH, a partnership of BC Healthy Communities Society and the Ministry of Health.
How do we ensure equitable access to opportunities for physical activity in our communities? Join BC Healthy Communities for a live province-wide webinar featuring thought leaders and innovators in conversation about the planning and policy approaches communities can use to ensure healthy communities for all.
The Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition (OSHLC), with help from the BC Healthy Communities team through the PlanH program, recently completed a transformative strategic planning process that empowered the OSHLC to refocus its priorities to work on issues most important to those in the region.
Tools & Resources
This guide is for local governments of rural and urban communities across British Columbia who want to create active, healthy and thriving places for all people. While age and genetics have some impact, it is primarily the physical and socio-economic environments in which we live, learn, work and play that determine if, and how often, we are physically active. The Active Communities Action Guide offers ideas and resources for local governments to develop more opportunities for their communities to be active in their daily lives. The guide includes information on the co-benefits of physical activity, actions and examples from BC communities, opportunities for funding, a list of other resources, and a summary checklist that local governments can use to evaluate their physical activity strategy and next steps forward.
Each Regional Health Authority across BC uses a slightly different approach for healthy communities work. Read more about how each Regional Health Authority works alongside local governments to build healthy communities, including a breakdown of the process, a case study, and information on how to collaborate with your health authority to achieve your community's health and well-being goals.
New Westminster, a community of 70,000 in Metro Vancouver, is a leader in social justice and equity. In 2011, they became the first city in Canada to adopt a living wage policy. In 2016, they formally adopted a Community Poverty Reduction Strategy, and over the next few years, as part of their Envision 2032 process, they will work towards creating a social equity policy.
Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) serves 25% of British Columbia’s population, or over 1 million people, across Greater Vancouver and the Coast Garibaldi area. Its coverage area spans urban settings like Vancouver and Richmond, as well as rural communities on the central coast like Bella Bella, and includes 14 Indigenous communities.
Island Health provides health care and support services to more than 767,000 people on Vancouver Island, the islands of the Salish Sea and the Johnstone Strait, and the mainland communities north of Powell River. Island Health works in partnership with communities to create conditions that support Islanders to stay physically and mentally healthy. There are many ways Island Health and local governments are working together to enhance the health and wellness of the population through preventative interventions at the community level.
The Interior Health Authority (IH) is made up of many diverse communities spanning 215,000 km², each with their own unique health needs.