Tools & Resources

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Vernon and Interior Health have partnered to create a state of change-readiness through meaningful community engagement for planning a healthier built environment.

The City of Vernon’s strong commitment to creating a healthier built environment was marked through a partnership agreement with Interior Health (IH) in 2012. The partnership committed to a joint collaboration on active travel, which then became a strong foundation for engaging with the community.

A planning tool to help build community capacity in health promotion projects. The tool gives you a snapshot of where you are—and where you still might go—in building community capacity for your project.

– Public Health Agency of Canada 

This paper by Tamarack Institutes’ Sylvia Cheuy (Consulting Director, Collective Impact) discusses community innovation as a particular form of social innovation that is place-based, within the specific geography of a community. She presents the critical leadership role communities play in generating the necessary innovations to address the challenges confronting us today.

The report estimates the current provincial and regional prevalence rates of three chronic disease risk factors: excess weight (obesity and overweight), physical inactivity, and tobacco smoking, as well as the direct health-care costs and indirect productivity losses associated with each of the risk factors. Understanding the current costs of these risk factors and how these costs might change in coming years can help inform both immediate and long-term planning.

– Provincial Health Services Authority

Features research focusing on impact of the physical environment, specifically focuse on children’s development
– Kimberly Kopko, Cornell University

More and more, local governments in BC and beyond are appointing social planners to focus specifically on improving the well-being of their community members. In 2016, the City of Delta made the decision to create a social planner position to assess the social needs of the community and develop a Social Action Plan to address them. Gillian McLeod, a former librarian with a 30-year career in the public service, was up to the task.

Gives specific information about the benefits of parks and recreation, including the contribution of neighbourhood parks to physical activity and the health benefits of contact with nature.
­– The National Benefits Hub

Written and produced for PlanH by BC Healthy Communities Society, Healthy Families BC, and Julie Gordon.

Outlines the links between housing and health in a positive way, useful for many audiences.
– The Housing Centre

Emma Seppälä, Ph.D. is a science journalist, author and the associate director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University. In this video Seppälä discusses the findings of her areas of expertise in the science of happiness, social connection, and compassion.