Leaders in the Interior Health region gathered in Vernon on October 27, 2016 to celebrate and take stock of healthy community partnerships at the Interior Region Healthy Communities Forum. The forum was the fifth in a series of five forums taking place in each health authority region. Over eighty delegates participated in the day rich with dialogue, insights and connections.
We are pleased to present our second PlanH short video. This time we’re highlighting the important work being done by the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC). They engage the entire community around social, environmental and economic issues through food security programs, policies and partnerships. The KFPC was one of the very first food policy councils in Canada and boasts an impressive roster of programs, including community gardens, Farm to School BC, the Gleaning Abundance Project, and community kitchens.
Food is one of the most basic human needs, but the issues around ensuring all people have access to healthy food quickly becomes complex. Kamloops has developed a unique approach to food policy and community food systems through the work of the Kamloops Food Policy Council (KFPC).
Healthy Families BC Communities (HFBC-C), launched in 2011, is a key initiative of the Province’s health promotion strategy. With a focus on fostering community wellness, it helps build stronger partnerships between the health sector and local governments, so that communities can support lifestyle behaviours that improve health and reduce chronic disease risk.
The importance of the health of children is the focus of a new Child Health Report from Northern Health’s Chief Medical Health Officer. The report highlights supports available for a healthy start for children in northern B.C., and areas that need to be addressed based on evidence-based research.
The Salt Spring Ag Alliance was founded by five key food stakeholders on the Island. Together they have developed a community abbattoir, and a produce centre is on the way. Their story illustrates what is possible in small places through formal partnerships.