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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.

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.