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Purpose, Vision, Values & Teachings

As a program of the Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA), the BCCDC shares PHSA’s purpose, vision, values and teachings.

Coast Salish Teachings

Embedding these foundational teachings into how we work together, helps move us forward in decolonizing our practices, and ensure public health services are welcoming and accessible for everyone.

  • Thee eat “Truth”
  • Eyhh slaxin “Good medicine”
  • Nuts a maht “We are one” 
  • Whax hooks in shqwalowin “Open your hearts and your mind”
  • Kwum kwum stun shqwalowin “Make up your mind to be strong”
  • Tee ma thit “Do your best”
Learn more about the Coast Salish Teachings.

Advancing population and public health

BCCDC is the PHSA program for public health and the provincial public health service providing surveillance, detection, prevention, treatment, policy development, and health promotion programming to promote and protect the health of British Columbians.  

Public health is the organized efforts of society to keep people healthy and prevent injury, illness and premature death. Population health is an approach to health that aims to improve the health of the entire population and to reduce health inequities among population groups. They are a combination of programs, services and policies that protect and promote the health of all Canadians.

We aspire to build vibrant communities in which all people achieve their best health and well-being, where they live, work, learn and play.

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