HBEA supports the creation of BC communities that promote health and are more liveable by providing a forum for multi-sectoral leadership, learning and collaborative action.
We do this by working toward the following objectives:
- Nurture shared concepts and understandings of the relationship between the built environment and population health by bringing together health professionals and community planners.
- Provide a regular forum for relationship building and knowledge exchange about existing HBE resources, tools, best practices and emerging needs.
- Continually expand the field of research by contributing to the knowledge base and identifying new areas and evidence gaps.
- Support the translation of new knowledge and evidence by identifying opportunities for cross-sector collaboration, policy-based solutions and evaluations for health, social, environmental and economic impacts.
HBEA was formed in 2008 with the goal of supporting relationship building and knowledge exchange on the intersections between health and the built environment in BC. The HBEA includes over 150 stakeholders from regional health authorities, local governments, the Ministry of Health, academic institutions and community based organizations as well as researchers, planners and developers across BC.
HBEA is supported by the BC Centre for Disease Control, and co-chaired by a health sector (Claire Gram, Vancouver Coastal Health) and community planning representative (currently vacant).