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Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant, Round Two: Announcement

Thank you to all the communities that submitted an application to the Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund. We received over 150 applications from communities throughout the province for projects as diverse as active transportation planning and urban agriculture visioning.

Thirty-eight communities will receive Stream 1: Learn and Connect grants. These grants support communities  to develop partnerships across sectors, to learn about conditions that support health and well-being, to identify and plan for local health and well-being priorities, and to develop opportunities and leadership for action. Eleven communities will receive Stream 2: Innovate grants to undertake leading-edge, action to address local conditions that influence health and well-being. We are very excited to be supporting such a great range of projects.

Click here for more information about the specific programs that will be funded across BC.



Healthy Communities Workshop: Health is Everyone's Business

The Alberni Clayoquot Regional District and the Alberni Clayoquot Health Network, are pleased to invite you to this exciting learning opportunity offered by PlanH that focuses on how local policy, planning and local government leadership can impact community health and well-being.

Join us on May 9th in Port Alberni to explore how we can build healthier communities in our region, identify local health and well-being priorities, and opportunities for shared leadership. For more information or to register, please click here.


Success Story: Revelstoke's Healthy Communities Project Fosters Strong Partnerships and Tackles Priorities

A 2013 grant from the PlanH Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund presented an opportunity to further improve community health and build capacity between Revelstoke, Interior Health, and many community stakeholders. With this grant, Revelstoke was able to complete their Healthy Communities Project, which addressed their three priority areas: poverty, mental health and substance use, and issues affecting youth.


Success Story: Port Alberni Creates a Cost Effective and Environmentally Friendly Plan for Reducing GHG Emissions

The District of Port Alberni is a key example of how municipalities can reduce greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) in their community. Their success is attributed to strong interdepartmental collaboration and prioritizing action.

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Local Leaders Speak Out on Healthy Communities: Cariboo Regional District, Heloise Dixon-Warren


The Cariboo Regional District (CRD) received a Healthy Communities Capacity Building Grant in 2013 to address the phenomenon of neighbourhood erosion. Click here to hear Heloise Dixon-Warren discuss the how they planned to get as many voices around the table as possible.

Food for Thought: A Feast of Inspiration

The more one understands what is really on the table, the more willing one is to dig in! Food for Thought: Progressive Governance Forum 2014 was a feast of inspiration!

What was so great about this conference? Well, it transcended the regularly forged divisions of who cares about what and how people go about impacting the world; this conference knocked down the harmful reduction of Us versus Them.

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Making Great Connections at the Conference for Vancouver Island Coastal Communities

Thank you to everyone we met at the Convention of the Association of Vancouver Island Coastal Communities in Qualicum Beach on April 11-13, 2014!

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Courtenay Collaborates for Holistic Approach to Community Health

On April 9, 2014, folks in the Comox Valley Region participated in the “From Silos to Systems: Building Partnerships for Healthy Communities” workshop. This workshop brought together a wide cross section of representatives who are working locally on the various dimensions of public and community health enabling Comox Valley participants to strengthen their approach to resolving complex community health issues.

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NEW DATE! Healthy People Healthy Places 2014

You are invited to explore challenges, opportunities and tools related to building healthy environments at the Morris J Wosk Centre for Dialogue (located at 580 W Hastings St. in Vancouver, BC) on Friday, June 6, 2014.

Registration is $25/ person.

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Healthy Built Environment (HBE) Linkages Toolkit

The HBE Linkages Toolkit is the first evidence-based and expert-informed resource that links planning principles to health outcomes and is intended to inform built environment design and decision-making.

Click here to download the toolkit >


Call for Presentations: Canadian Rural Revitalization Conference

The conference program committee is inviting proposals for presentations on one of the following key conference themes: Restructuring of Rural Relationships, Building Capacity for Organizations and Governance, Building Economic Resilience and Pursuing a High Quality of Life for Rural Communities.

Deadline to submit is June 15, 2014.

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PlanH is a partnership between BC Healthy Communities Society and Healthy Families BC, and is informed by health authorities and other key stakeholders.

The PlanH program supports local government engagement and partnerships across sectors for creating healthier communities. Recognizing that community policy, plans, and decisions affect health and well-being, PlanH provides learning opportunities, resources, and leading-edge practices for collaborative local action.


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