Recent News

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.

by Michelle Sandsmark

Addressing some of a community’s most complex issues is challenging, but the emergence of the renowned Collective Impact framework has sparked new ways of thinking to dig deep and develop innovative ideas so communities are successful in achieving their goals.

The Cowichan Valley Regional District and Our Cowichan Communities Health Network (OCCHN) hosted a full-day Collective Impact workshop in May.  

Has your community been involved in an inspiring collaborative project, process or partnership that has improved local health and well-being? Have you learned valuable lessons about building healthier communities that you would like to share with others? Nominate your community story to be made into a short video! (deadline now passed)

Vancouver - Saying it is important for the City of Vancouver to show leadership on reducing inequality, Mayor Gregor Robertson is bringing forward a motion to City Council this week calling on the City to become a living wage employer.

Check out the great resources from the PlanH Enhancing Social Connectedness for Healthier Communities webinar on June 22, 2015.

The Planning Institute of British Columbia (PIBC) annually recognizes the professional work and individual accomplishments of members across British Columbia and the Yukon through its awards and recognition programs.

The City of Vancouver's Healthy City Strategy won Gold in the Excellence in Policy Planning – City & Urban Areas category in this year's PIBC Awards.

The Township of Esquimalt recognized the importance of putting a health lens on housing strategies by gathering a diverse group of people to discuss housing and health in their community. 

ParticipACTION releases the 2015 Report Card on Physical Activity for Children and Youth and takes a stand on outdoor and risky active play