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November eNews: Grantees announced, new webinar and more!


Community Wellness and Healthy Places grantees announced

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Together with our partner communities across the province, we're excited to announce the recipients of our Community Wellness Strategy and Creating Healthy Places grants! Through a combination of funding and customized supports, these grants will help local governments and their partners to incorporate a health lens into planning and policy in order to improve community health and well-being. Read more about the grants and the community projects being funded.


New webinar explores equity in access to physical activity

People walk on a bridge in winter in the Columbia Valley.

How do we ensure equitable access to opportunities for physical activity in our communities? Join BC Healthy Communities on November 20 for Physical Activity for All: Tools and Approaches for Equity in Active Communities, a live province-wide webinar featuring a panel of experts in conversation about the planning and policy approaches communities can use to ensure healthy communities for all. This event invites local government officials, planners and recreation programmers, as well as health authority staff and physical activity researchers, to learn about the tools and approaches they can use to ensure everyone in our communities can be physically active. Learn more and register.

“A city without barriers”: New Westminster aims for social equity with new policy

Image of the New Westminster skyline from the waterfront.

More and more, local governments are realizing the long-term benefits of addressing social inequities. From becoming a living wage employer to adopting a poverty reduction strategy, the City of New Westminster has already made huge strides in moving towards improving equity over the last decade. Now, they're tackling social equity head-on with the development of a social equity policy. Learn more about their progress so far, and why they see social equity as a wise investment for both their social—and their economic—bottom line.


New resource: How to collaborate with your Regional Health Authority

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Collaboration is one of the cornerstones of Healthy Communities work. That's why we've worked with the five Regional Health Authorities across BC to develop Collaborating with your Regional Health Authority, a series of case studies exploring how Regional Health Authorities across the province work with local governments to realize their health and well-being goals. Each case study includes a description of how the Regional Health Authority's Healthy Communities Team is set up, and how to contact them to get support for your community. Check out the case study for your region and get started on building a healthier community today.

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PHABC's Annual Conference explores safety & inclusion
The Public Health Association of BC's (PHABC) annual conference takes place this month in Vancouver. This year's theme, Building Safe & Inclusive Communities, encompasses issues including the healthy built environment, health equity, and community inclusion. See the speaker lineup and access registration information on PHABC's website.

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Join the Healthy Built Environment Online Forum
Are you a researcher, planner, or public health practitioner whose work supports the healthy built environment (HBE)? The National Collaborating Centre for Environmental Health and the BC Centre for Disease Control are looking for HBE champions for their Healthy Built Environment online discussion forum. It's an opportunity to share resources and identify and discuss emerging issues. Learn more.

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Explore the role of place in health and well-being.
The Place Standard Tool provides a simple framework to structure conversations about place. It allows you to think about the physical elements of a place as well as the social aspects. The tool provides prompts for discussions, pinpointing the assets of a place as well as areas where a place could improve. Explore the tool.


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