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THE ISSUE: Healthy Public Policy

Rather than directly addressing health, healthy public policies make changes to living conditions that impact health—such as housing, transportation and income—in order to improve a community's health and well-being, while often positively impacting other issues directly within local government purview.
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Healthy aging through an equity lens: Older adults experiencing homelessness

The development of Age-friendly Communities involves a policy approach to creating conditions that allow older adults to stay connected and age healthily in place, whether in their home or in their community. However, what does this look like when older adults don’t have a home?
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Statement on the announcement regarding the former site of the Kamloops Indian Residential School

TW: discussion of the content of Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc’s May 27 announcement; racism; genocide Like so many people across the...
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Upcoming Event: Local Government Leaders Speaker Series – Living Wage Policies

BC Healthy Communities is launching a new speaker series to bring fresh ideas for healthy public policy to local and Indigenous government leaders in B.C. “Creating Healthy Public Policy - Local Government Leaders Speaker Series” kicks off on June 23 with Living Wage Policies, a session exploring the City of Victoria’s experience adopting a Living Wage policy.
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New Healthy Public Policy Speaker Series explores policy ideas for creating improved health and well-being in B.C. communities

In collaboration with a selection of local and Indigenous government partners, BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is launching a new speaker series to bring fresh ideas for healthy public policy to local and Indigenous government leaders in B.C.
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New Resource: Applying an Equity Lens in Age-friendly Communities Planning

Designed to support local and Indigenous governments embarking on Age-friendly Community Plans, this resource provides a refresher on the concept of equity in planning, offering ideas and guidance to help ensure equity is considered at each step of the planning process.
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New Healthy Communities grants bolster Indigenous and local government efforts to create equitable policies and processes

The PlanH Healthy Communities Grant Program, administered by BC Healthy Communities, is offering 30 grants for the 2021-2022 year across two funding streams: Community Connectedness and Healthy Public Policy.
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On-demand webinar – Diverse Voices: Community-based approaches to making evaluation attainable & equitable

Join BC Healthy Communities and the Canadian Evaluation Society – BC Chapter for our on-demand webinar, Diverse Voices: Community-based approaches to making evaluation attainable & equitable.
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The role of neighbourhoods and residents in developing Age-friendly communities

Community can mean different things on different scales, and at one of the smallest units of “community” are neighbourhoods and their residents. People support what they create and it’s essential to engage with everyone who is affected by an issue.
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Participating schools announced for Active School Travel Pilot Program

The Province, in partnership with BC Healthy Communities Society, has selected 11 schools to participate in a pilot project designed to increase the number of students using active transportation between home and school.
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About Us

BC Healthy Communities is a province-wide not-for-profit organization that facilitates the ongoing development of healthy, thriving and resilient communities. We provide a range of resources, programs, funding and fee-for-service offerings that support multi-sectoral groups to collaborate around a shared vision for a common purpose.

Our Services

We offer a range of services that reflect our interdisciplinary team’s expertise in planning, public health, and community engagement. Our service model is not linear – rather, it reflects the continuous process of improving and strengthening community health and well-being through policy and programs.

Our Programs

PlanH supports local governments creating healthier communities through funding, resources, learning opportunities and leading practices for healthy public policy.

Learn more about PlanH.

Our Age-Friendly Community Capacity Building program supports communities across the province as they plan for active aging.

Learn more about Age-friendly Capacity Building.

ElderConnect is a unified, connected, community-based wellness navigation system developed in partnership with the ElderCare Foundation.

Learn more about ElderConnect.

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