The Observatory’s initial focus is to provide collaborative leadership in the development of provincial and regional surveillance capacity with respect to non-communicable diseases and injuries, risk and protective factors, and environmental health. This includes support to the PHO and Chief Medical Health Officers in regional health authorities to systematically report on their populations’ health status, as required by the Public Health Act. Over the longer term, the intention is to integrate these activities with the existing communicable disease surveillance system.
The Observatory will provide ongoing support to provincial and regional surveillance programs, enhance provincial capacity and coordination, and provide partner organizations with an opportunity to set collaborative priorities and develop joint work plans. Surveillance information produced by the Observatory will be used for policy development, program planning and evaluation, and decision making to enable growth of vibrant British Columbia communities.