Recent News

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:

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 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:

Communities across British Columbia have their own unique opportunities and challenges when working towards healthy solutions. However, every community benefits from an integrated approach that makes health everyone’s business. The Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) recognized this and decided to bring community partners together in Fort Nelson to participate in a workshop.

The Event

by Marcie DeWitt and Michelle Sandsmark

Transportation is a complex issue which impacts health and economic development for individuals as well as communities. The Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District (ACRD) has a diverse mix of urban, rural and remote communities. As a result – they need a diverse mix of transportation solutions and a multi-stakeholder approach.

The Alberni-Clayoquot Health Network (ACHN) is taking action with a transportation planning process.