IH Newsletter

Monthly newsletter packed with resources, information on funding and interesting developments in the field of health and wellness

August 2015

DISTRIBUTION: All Mayors, Village, Town & City CAOs, Healthy Community local coalition leads, Electoral Area Directors, & select elected officials and civic staff from the healthy communities project work that I am associated with in Revelstoke, Salmon Arm, Sicamous, Summerland, Penticton, OK Falls, Hedley, Osoyoos, Oliver, Keremeos, Princeton, the Regional Districts of Columbia Shuswap and Okanagan Similkameen and the leadership teams of the Okanagan Similkameen Healthy Living Coalition (OSHLC), Shuswap Healthy Communities Coalition (SHCC), and BC Interior Healthy Living Hub.  

 For local governments and key community stakeholders to help create community environments and conditions to enable everyone to be healthy!

IH - Healthy Communities Initiative – August 2015

Funding News

ü  Healthy Community Short Video Opportunity. Has your community been involved in an inspiring collaborative project, process or partnership that has improved local health and well-being? Have you learned valuable lessons about building healthier communities that you would like to share with others? Nominate your community story to be made into a short video with assistance from BC Healthy Communities Society (BCHC)! Nominations Due September 11, 2015. Details HERE


Kudos to…

The Kettle Valley Rail Trail (expansion) between Oliver and Osoyoos is slated for improvements in the next few years. Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas joined RDOS representatives and others on Road 22, Thursday to announce the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program has made available $124,600 for the project. “A healthy community requires the necessary outdoor spaces to ensure that the community is able to stay fit and active," Albas said. "The updates to the Kettle Valley Rail Trail will help foster an energized and positive community.” http://www.castanet.net/news/BC/145133/KVR-trail-improvements#.VbtlL5ZMsto.mailto

 Photo: Deborah Pfeiffer

Events and Learning Opportunities 

Cities Fit for Children Summit. The 5th biannual Cities Fit for Children Summit will take place November 12-13, 2015 at the Vernon Lodge, Vernon BC. The summit brings together municipal and regional policymakers, First Nations and child/youth practitioners to strengthen community capacity to develop healthy, thriving cities, towns and villages. For the latest information, check out the link on the City of Vernon website HERE

Featured Resources

Moving Ahead Together on Healthier Communities BC Healthy Living Alliance has teamed with Healthier Families BC to create two resources to support the exciting changes that happen when people intentionally work together to solve problem or make improvements to support the development of healthier communities.

Moving Ahead Together On Healthier Communities | BC Healthy Living Alliance

A Framework for Collaboration

A Primer for NGOs Engaging with Local Governments

The first of three overarching social and economic determinants for positive mental health is SOCIAL CONNECTEDNESS. Keleher & Armstrong, 2006 NEW Social Connectedness from BC Healthy Communities We are pleased to announce the release of the PlanH Social Connectedness Action Guide. This action guide is a useful resource for local governments, health authorities and community partners interested in building healthy communities by cultivating social connectedness and belonging.

Read the new PlanH guide for local governments here: http://planh.ca/sites/default/files/hfbc-social-connectedness-actionguide-v02_06.28.15_web_logos.pdf




This action guide is a useful resource for local governments, health authorities and community partners interested in building healthy communities by cultivating social connectedness and belonging.

The benefits of increasing social connectedness can include:

  • increased neighbourhood safety,
  • people connecting with the services and support they need,
  • strengthened resilience during emergency events,
  • increased volunteering, and
  • a stronger sense of community pride.

Reducing health inequalities: the use of Health Impact Assessment on Rural Areas Health is greatly influenced by social, economic and political determinants. Accordingly, decisions influencing people's health do not concern only health services or 'health policies', but decisions in many different policy areas have their influence on these health determinants

Did you know walking in nature can change your brain? Find out more here http://well.blogs.nytimes.com/2015/07/22/how-nature-changes-the-brain/?_r=0


Student support for Healthy Communities FINAL NOTICE FOR THIS TERM

“Co-creation of Healthy Communities” student term project. Benefit from the skills of UBCO’s Faculty of Management upper year marketing students who will work with community partners on real-world projects. See the attached HL invitation/information letter for more details. Blend your challenges with student creativity for mutual benefit! Communities that have time to orient and guide students towards concrete project goals, are asked to contact Dr. Eric Li by August 10, 2015


Capstone Management Students Consulting Project The final graduating requirement for UBCO's Faculty of Management students is to complete the UBC Management Student Consulting Project, more usually referred to as ‘Capstone’. These projects challenge students to apply the knowledge and skills they learned throughout their studies to real world problems. We match a group of three to four students with local organizations to provide recommendations and solutions to a problem or challenge that it is important for you to take action on. Students are not assigned to actual positions, but rather fill a consulting role for your organization. The team of 3-4 students will spend 75+ hours each dedicated to your project. Your organization will receive a comprehensive written report and an oral presentation outlining the student consulting team’s research, recommendations and the proposed action plan.

Over the last year we have undertaken a number of projects in community health and are very willing to discuss a potential project with you for September 2015. For more information, please contact: David Jenkins UBC Okanagan Faculty of Management david.jenkins@ubc.ca             http://management.ok.ubc.ca/community/capstone.html


Betty Brown

Community Health Facilitator
Promotion & Prevention – Interior Health
BC Interior Healthy Living Hub – UBC’s Okanagan Campus
Phone: 250-807-8498    Cell: 250-718-4190


Address to mail: Betty Brown c/o Faculty of Management UBC – Okanagan Campus, EME 4139 – 1137 Alumni Ave.,Kelowna B.C. V1V 1V7