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Introducing Cassidy Paxton, BA, Researcher

Introducing Cassidy Paxton, BA, Researcher

Jul. 5, 2018 in Articles
Cassidy Paxton, BA is one of BC Healthy Communities' Researchers. Cassidy joined our team in early 2018 when she came to do her practicum during her final semester at UVic, graduating this June with a Major in Health and Community Services ...
Focus on health: Making the most of the Housing Needs Assessment process

Focus on health: Making the most of the Housing Needs Assessment process

Jun. 29, 2018 in Articles
By Sarah Ravlic, MPlan   Healthy Housing in British ColumbiaThe province recently introduced legislation to make housing needs assessments mandatory for local governments. These assessments, intended to better support planning fo...
Four ways local governments can support mental health through community design

Four ways local governments can support mental health through community design

Jun. 29, 2018 in Articles
Characteristics of the built environment in which community members live, work, play, and learn have an impact on mental health. Community design decisions made today can have lasting impacts on your community, creating elements that will i...
Introducing Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH, Healthy Community Facilitator

Introducing Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH, Healthy Community Facilitator

May. 17, 2018 in Articles
Jennifer Butcher, MPH is one of BC Healthy Communities' Community Facilitators. Jen spent the last several years applying her population health savvy and asset-based approach to roles in learning facilitation and sustainability coachin...
Introducing Sarah Ravlic, BA, MPlan Healthy Community Planner

Introducing Sarah Ravlic, BA, MPlan Healthy Community Planner

Mar. 1, 2018 in Articles
Meet Sarah, a wonderful member of our interdisciplinary team and one of two Healthy Communities Planners we have on staff. Sarah is a sustainability-minded community planner who believes that through innovative and authentic comm...
A New Community of Learning and Practice

A New Community of Learning and Practice

Jan. 17, 2017 in Articles
An exciting new type of leadership in healthy communities is emerging in BC thanks to BCHC’s innovative PlanH Growing Impact program. The inaugural cohort encourages teams from four BC local governments to learn from each other throug...
Five Powerful Community Initiatives Celebrated in Short Video Series

Five Powerful Community Initiatives Celebrated in Short Video Series

Jan. 2, 2017 in Articles
BC Healthy Communities on behalf of the PlanH program is proud to release a series of five short videos celebrating community initiatives from around the province. The following series of thoughtful stories, produced by BCHC on behalf of...
Growing Impact - Learning and Leadership Cohort Launched

Growing Impact - Learning and Leadership Cohort Launched

Sep. 16, 2016 in Articles
How do communities innovate to increase their impact on complex issues in their communities?” Four communities from distinct health authorities are working to grow their impact through the inaugural healthy communities learning and l...
Social Labs as a Tool for Change

Social Labs as a Tool for Change

Sep. 15, 2016 in Articles
We had a chance to have a kitchen table conversation about change labs, to hear more about their perspectives using social innovation labs as tool for change within the healthy communities context in BC. BC Healthy Communities: Why are soc...
Building Resilient Neighbourhoods at the Deepening Community Conference

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods at the Deepening Community Conference

Jul. 13, 2016 in Articles
Effective neighbourhood resiliency is created with a focus on building local capacities today. This is one of reflections gleaned by the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods project. These reflections and more tools for resilience were shared ...
Inclusion and Wellbeing as We Age: A Vital Conversation

Inclusion and Wellbeing as We Age: A Vital Conversation

Apr. 14, 2016 in Articles
Staying connected to our family, friends, neighbours and communities is a critical factor in healthy aging. In partnership with the Victoria Foundation, Eldercare Foundation, and Island Health, BC Healthy Communities hosted a Vital Convers...
Addressing Health and Climate Change in BC

Addressing Health and Climate Change in BC

Mar. 16, 2016 in Articles
Growing numbers of public health professionals are speaking up about the toll climate change could take on human health. BC Healthy Communities (BCHC) is supporting the health sector to learn about, develop and implement meaningful and effe...
Food Forward

Food Forward

Dec. 8, 2015 in Articles
By Celeste Zimmer Food is a complex issue that impacts everyone. It gives us a reason for engaging in how our local food systems are structured.  How sustainable is our food environment and culture? Is food shared and distributed jus...
Becoming a Learning Organisation

Becoming a Learning Organisation

Nov. 3, 2015 in Articles
By Sue McKinnon There has been research and publications about learning organizations for many years but when we talk about learning organizations, what do we really mean? How does an organization embark on the process of becoming a learni...
Sharing Wisdom at the BC Elders Gathering

Sharing Wisdom at the BC Elders Gathering

Aug. 8, 2015 in Articles
Wise; Experienced; Knowledgeable. These are only a few words that describe the immense understanding of the world that our Elders possess.  This July BC Healthy Communities Society, in partnership with the Ministry of Health, fac...
Social Marketing and Community Capacity Building: Comparing Two Approaches

Social Marketing and Community Capacity Building: Comparing Two Approaches

Jul. 7, 2015 in Articles
Communities are complex systems. They are more akin to raising a child versus baking a loaf of bread whereby, you follow a step-by-step recipe and can expect to get a perfectly baked loaf of bread each time. In the face of complexity within...