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Healthy Built Environment Alliance

The BC Healthy Built Environment Alliance (HBEA) supports relationship-building and knowledge exchange on the intersections between health and the built environment in BC.
About us

Objectives

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. 

Background

HBEA was formed in 2008 with the goal of supporting relationship building and knowledge exchange on the intersections between health and the built environment. The HBEA includes over 150 stakeholders from regional health authorities, local governments, the Ministry of Health, academic institutions and community based organizations across BC.

HBEA is supported by the BC Centre for Disease Control and co-chaired by Anita Ely, Interior Health Authority, and a community planning representative (currently vacant).

Speaker series

HBEA has an ongoing speaker series and invites content experts to share presentations on emerging topics of interest. View the presentations here.

Presentation topics in the past have included:

  • Countdown on Health and Climate Change 
  • ModelHealth: assessing built environment options for healthier communities. 
  • Does Food in your neighbourhood make a difference to what you eat?
  • Approaches to planning with Indigenous communities: a conversation with the Shuswap Trails Roundtable
  • HBE & Social Connectedness: health outcomes & measurements. 
  • Connecting Hardwhere & Softwhere: activating tangible and intangible factors in real estate development projects. 
  • Living up or Living Apart: Exploring the potential role for the City, developers and property managers in creating more socially connected high-density residences.

Membership

Becoming a member

The purpose of HBEA is to bring together public health professionals, community planner and health researchers in order to develop shared concepts and partnerships in support of healthier built environments. To be added to the Network distribution list or for more info on becoming a Steering Committee member, contact charito.gailling@bccdc.ca.

Membership structure

HBEA has a two-tier structure:

  • the broad membership base (Network) 
  • a smaller core group that is more actively involved (Steering Committee)

Network members receive regular information updates and invitations to the speaker’s series. Members of the Steering Committee are automatically part of the Network, but take on additional responsibilities of collaborative leadership and decision-making. 

Network members 

As a Network member, you will:

  • Receive regular information on current HBE activities and resources 
  • Share information from their organization to other members (coordinated through the Secretariat)
  • Provide feedback to the Steering Committee on its activities when requested
  • Participate on ad hoc working groups as appropriate, e.g. Linkages Toolkit Working Group

Steering committee members

Steering Committee members hold the same role as Network members, but also participate in business meetings to: 

  • Extend the reach of the HBEA by identifying and engaging others in your networks that may further support or promote HBEA activities and resources 
  • Identify emerging needs & leverage opportunities for collaborative within and outside of HBE
  • Provide input into HBEA speakers and presentation topics, agenda setting, and the direction of HBEA working groups
  • Provide input into the development of initiatives, documents, tools & resources by partners as requested
  • Propose, lead or participate in ad-hoc working groups as necessary to guide specific pieces of work
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