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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...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: C

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: C

Jun. 28, 2018 in Tools
Together, BCHC and Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (one of our colleagues from the Canadian Healthy Communities Network) bring you the A to Z of Healthy Communities—a monthly spotlight for everything encompassed in the Healthy C...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: B

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: B

May. 17, 2018 in Tools
Together, BCHC and Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (one of our colleagues from the Canadian Healthy Communities Network) bring you the A to Z of Healthy Communities—a monthly spotlight for everything encompassed in the Healthy C...
Introducing Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

Introducing Jennifer Butcher, BSc, MPH, Community Well-being Specialist

May. 17, 2018 in Articles
Jennifer Butcher, MPH is one of BC Healthy Communities' Community Well-being Specialists. Jen spent the last several years applying her population health savvy and asset-based approach to roles in learning facilitation and sustainabili...
What is a Healthy City Strategy?

What is a Healthy City Strategy?

May. 17, 2018 in Healthy Communities/Cities
Creating Healthier Communities Through Policy All policies—even those that don't directly deal with health—have the ability to enhance or hinder your community's health and well-being. As a local government, it's easy to think...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities

The A to Z of Healthy Communities

Mar. 2, 2018 in Tools
Together, BC Healthy Communities Society and Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition (OHCC) bring you the A to Z of Healthy Communities. Each month we will showcase a different aspect of Healthy Communities, highlighting many elements of...
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...
Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society

Presence: An Exploration of Profound Change in People, Organizations, and Society

Dec. 19, 2017 in The Read
Presence is an intimate look at the development of a new theory about change and learning. In wide-ranging conversations held over a year and a half, organizational learning pioneers Peter Senge, C. Otto Scharmer, Joseph Jaworski, and Betty...
Recognizing and Celebrating Age-friendly Communities

Recognizing and Celebrating Age-friendly Communities

Nov. 21, 2017 in Healthy Communities/Cities
Six communities around British Columbia have been honoured this year for their work to help seniors remain safe, active and independent in their communities. Abbotsford, Keremeos, Salmo, Sicamous, Smithers and Tofino have each received a l...
The Foundations for Effective Public Participation

The Foundations for Effective Public Participation

Nov. 20, 2017 in Articles
At BC Healthy Communities (BCHC), we identify community engagement as one of our seven guiding principles in supporting communities towards better health. As BC’s Healthy-Community leaders, we know that meaningful engagement strategie...
Announcing a new Barefoot Guide

Announcing a new Barefoot Guide

Nov. 20, 2017 in Tools
Barefoot Guide 5: Mission Inclusion Stories and Practices of building a world where all belong Everyone knows that inclusion is hard and in order to reach the most marginalized that something else, something qualitatively different is n...
Healthy Cities: The Theory, Policy, and Practice of Value-Based Urban Planning

Healthy Cities: The Theory, Policy, and Practice of Value-Based Urban Planning

Nov. 20, 2017 in The Read
This book provides is a good overview of the concept of healthy cities as not only a safe, pleasant, and green built environment, but also one that creates and sustains health by addressing social, economic, and political conditions. Critic...
Building our Capacity to Better Serve Communities

Building our Capacity to Better Serve Communities

Nov. 20, 2017 in Healthy Communities/Cities
A Letter from the Executive Director, Jodi Mucha BC Healthy Communities Societies (BCHC) is continually exploring how to provide the best evidence-informed and practice-based services and supports to the communities we serve.  As BC&r...
The Happiness Track

The Happiness Track

Mar. 10, 2017 in The Read
In The Happiness Track, Emma Seppälä, the science director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford University, explains that our inability to achieve sustainable fulfillment is tied to common b...
Building Resilient Neighbourhoods - Four Years of Learning

Building Resilient Neighbourhoods - Four Years of Learning

Mar. 8, 2017 in Tools
This new report provides the results of  the first four years of the Building Resilient Neighbourhoods program. The report shares lessons learned from implementing neighbourhood resiliency projects in the Capital Region. Building Resi...
Just Change, How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

Just Change, How to Collaborate for Lasting Impact

Feb. 24, 2017 in The Read
In her new book, Living Cities' Chief Impact Officer, Tynesia Boyea-Robinson shares stories and case studies focused on innovative and collaborative approaches to large-scale social change. Read about leaders who have successfully created s...