The purpose of HBEA is to bring together diverse professionals from public health, local and provincial governments, research, and non-profit organizations who are looking for opportunities for shared learning and collaboration. Each of these sectors have unique roles to play in terms of supporting healthier built environments.
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.
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 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