Publications

A guide to building food security in rural communities. The document opens with definitions and an argument for food security, followed by an outline of core ingredients for any food security program: people, mission, resources and administration. It provides examples of possible projects you may decide to explore, with resources for further guidance. It also considers the public policy context for your work (legislation and regulation). 

– North Kootenay Lake Community Services Society

Guides municipalities to engage community discussion on climate change and identifies how to overcome challenges. Identifies health as part of the conversation.
– ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability (International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives)

Income, housing, nutrition and food security, and early childhood development were identified in public consultations across Canada as the main social determinants of health. Report provides recommendations for action to society, government, and health care providers.
–  Canadian Medical Association

Succinct fact sheet based on a review of recent evidence in Canada.
– Canadian Institute of Planners

The Metro Vancouver Health Impact Assessment (HIA) of Transportation and Land Use Activities: Guidebook provides a structured approach for planners and policy-makers to evaluate the potential health-related outcomes of an activity (i.e., a project, plan, or policy) before it has been built or implemented. The Guidebook also provides links to data sources, local and provincial resources, and examples.

Outlines health inequities in BC, and discusses policy options to reduce existing inequities. 
– Health Officers Council of BC

A suite of resources to link health and planning practitioners’ practices toward healthier communities.
– BC Provincial Health Services Authority

This guide is designed to help planning practitioners work toward healthier communities and to increase the understanding of the supporting role that health practitioners can play in reaching our common goals. 

– Canadian Institute of Planners

Offers a framework for considering the interconnected aspects of a healthy community and provides many practical examples of how communities are accomplishing healthy community goals withing a variety of community scales.
– Canadian Institute of Planners

Provides model healthy policy language and themes developed by health units for community plans.
– Simcoe Muskoka Health

B.C.’s 10-year mental health and substance use plan.
– BC Ministry of Health

This tool kit identifies land use and development strategies that can help to enhance the rural built environment and contribute to positive quality of life and health outcomes. 

Download it here.

Provides links to research, healthy physical activity guidelines, and healthy community design information.

An analytical exploration covering environmental, social, and housing interventions.
– Wellesley Institute

Outlines aboriginal housing needs as related to health determinants.
– National Collaborating Centre for Aboriginal Health

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