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Think active communities work isn’t social justice work? Think again.

In the face of COVID, local governments are dismantling many chronic inequities present in our systems—but we may not have had time to consider the connection between active communities and social justice or equity work.
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Healthy Natural Environments Action Guide released

The new PlanH Healthy Natural Environments Action Guide is for local governments across the province working to create healthy, equitable natural spaces.
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Exploring the role of power in equitable community engagement

When talking engagement, we often discuss designing processes to ensure less-heard-from voices are heard. This is incredibly important, but it only addresses the fair distribution of one element of equity—opportunity—among community members.
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On-Demand Webinar: Equitable public engagement – Navigating power when engaging underrepresented populations

How do we integrate an equity lens into our engagement planning in a way that ensures the community members who give their time and energy to our engagement processes are as empowered as possible?
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THE ISSUE: Equity

In both community planning and public health, equity is rooted in social justice and the desire for fairness and equal opportunities for all community members. Read on to learn more about the different understandings of equity in these fields.
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THE ISSUE: Self-Care

By promoting self-care as a primary means of maintaining health and well-being, we forget that not everyone in our community has access to the time, space and sometimes money that are required to perform self-care.
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On-Demand Webinar: Connecting for active communities during COVID-19 and beyond

From the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, B.C. residents have been encouraged to stay as active as possible while remaining physically distant. How do we ensure considerations around equity are upheld as we adapt?
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THE ISSUE: Physical Activity

Healthy Communities foster health by creating environments that support health. Though we often think of physical environments such as Healthy Built Environments and Healthy Natural Environments, the environments within communities that impact our health can also be social, economic, and political. 
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On-Demand Webinar: Creating Age-friendly Communities – Approaches for optimizing your needs assessment & planning process

Has your community received an Age-friendly Communities Grant, or is it considering applying for one in the future? BC Healthy...
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Emergency Community Support Fund Open for Applications

The Government of Canada’s $350 million Emergency Community Support Fund is now open. The Emergency Community Support Fund supports community organizations helping vulnerable people during the COVID-19 crisis.
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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.

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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.

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