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Creating Healthy Public Policy relies on partnerships and teamwork. Local and Indigenous governments and other organizations are joining forces to tackle community challenges share resources, collaborate on events and implement joint planning initiatives. As these communities and allies unite to share insights, they build significant relationships and incorporate Indigenous viewpoints into community planning and decision-making processes.

The Local Government Leaders Speaker Series on Creating Healthy Public Policy is supported by PlanH, a collaboration between BC Healthy Communities Society and the BC Ministry of Health.

In collaboration with partners in communities across the province, BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is continuing its speaker series to bring fresh ideas for healthy public policy to local and Indigenous government leaders in B.C. Healthy public policy is a powerful tool for local governments to meaningfully improve the lives of their constituents.

Local and Indigenous governments across the province have been awarded $330,000 in grants and additional customized supports in 2022 through the PlanH program for 34 projects that improve community connection and create healthier public policies. PlanH is a partnership of BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC), the Ministry of Health, and the Provincial Health Services Authority

As part of our Local Government Leaders Speaker Series, BC Healthy Communities is pleased to present Creating Healthy Public Policy: Equitable Extreme Heat Planning on August 17, 2022 at 11am Pacific. This session aims to help northern communities in B.C. plan for, and respond to, the next extreme heat event.

BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) will take on a larger role in the Age-friendly Communities program, adding administration of the program’s grants to its portfolio. Grants open May 16, 2022.

B.C.'s recent fire, flood, heat and pandemic emergencies have highlighted the important role that local and Indigenous governments play in supporting emergency responses for essential needs, like food. Join us April 28 to explore a draft emergency food framework.

Watch the recording of our April 12 PlanH 2022 grants information session, where we gave an overview of the grant program, shared application tips and answered questions.

Local and Indigenous governments in B.C. are working hard to respond to the challenges that COVID has both created and highlighted within our communities. Now, with the launch of the 2022 PlanH Healthy Communities Grant Program, more funding and support is available to assist communities as they work to reconnect and build back better through more equitable policies and processes. The PlanH Healthy Communities Grant Program, administered by BC Healthy Communities, is offering grants for 2022 across two funding streams: Community Connectedness and Healthy Public Policy.