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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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On-Demand Webinar: Healthy Communities, Equity and Economic Recovery

Though inequities existed in our communities prior to COVID-19, current challenges have amplified these differences. How can we put equity into action to create greater well-being for all community members?
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5 things to know about the TogetherBC Poverty Reduction Strategy Funding

As part of TogetherBC, British Columbia’s Poverty Reduction Strategy, the Province is providing $5 million to local governments for assessments, plans and projects to reduce overall poverty. Here are five things you might want to know about the funding.
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How the eight domains of Age-friendly Communities impact social connectedness

In Age-friendly Communities, the goal is to create a community in which older adults are able to age healthily in place and participate fully in their community. Being part of one’s community provides a sense of belonging, fostering social connectedness.
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Temporary Foreign Workers – The Backbone of Our Food System

The people doing the labour of growing our food aren't just farm owners, but also farmers from outside of Canada. These people are part of a Federal Government program known as SAWP. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown how important these workers are for Canada’s food system, while simultaneously exposing many of the challenges they face.
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We work better together: The Community Health Network model at work on southern Vancouver Island

Community Health Networks use a collective impact model that emphasizes cross-sector partnerships and can be applied to complex social issues. Networks serve as a convener to facilitate and support structure, planning, and community engagement. 
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Four principles for equitable public engagement

This fall, BC Healthy Communities, through PlanH, hosted a webinar on equitable public engagement. In this piece, we share the four main highlights of the insights and experience shared by our panel of community engagement experts.
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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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