Food safety and food security are important and overlapping aspects of population and public health, and comprise two of BC's core public health functions. There are many successful collaborative efforts between the food safety and food security sectors in British Columbia. However, there is little documentation to support on-going collaboration. BCCDC Environmental Health Services and PHSA Population and Public Health commissioned Dr. Shannon Majowicz from the University of Waterloo to explore opportunities and mechanisms that support increased collaboration between the food safety and food security/healthy eating sectors.
Food safety and food security in British Columbia: Promoting effective inter-sectoral collaboration is intended to provide public health practitioners, decision-makers, and food security organizations with ideas to support future collaborative efforts. It identifies some of the facilitators and barriers to effective collaboration as well as the range of formats that collaboration can take. It is based on a 2015 literature review and key informant interviews with the food safety and food security sectors from the BC regional health authorities, provincial government, and nongovernmental organizations.
A Food Safety and Food Security Liaisons committee has been set up to support communication and collaboration between food safety and food security staff within BC's health authorities. The structure and function of this new committee are outlined in this presentation at the 2016 National Educational Conference of the Canadian Institute of Public Health Inspectors.