Reports & resources
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) and the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) are pleased to share a new Building Hope through Action report which summarizes the experiences of ten BC communities in responding to their identified climate change priorities. These stories are shared in order to encourage ongoing conversations about local collaborative actions to increase climate change resiliency and adaptation, and to illustrate the diverse ways and scales that public health can offer support.
The report features the following community stories and includes a welcoming statement by the Chee Mamuk team at BCCDC and closing remarks by former Chief Patrick Michell of Kanaka Bar:
- VCH Climate Resilience Housing Policy
- Connect & Prepare, Building Resilient Neighbourhoods, Hey Neighbour Collective
- We All Take Care of the Harvest, FNHA and BCCDC
- Ticks and Climate Change, BCCDC
- Cool Playground, BC Cancer
- Climate Change Adaptation Initiatives in the City of Burnaby, Fraser Health
- Building a Community Resiliency Plan to Shelter in Place during Extreme Weather Events, Kanaka Bar
- Case studies previously featured at the BC Climate Roundtable (briefer summaries):
- A Community-centered Approach to Addressing Climate Change and Supporting Children’s Mental Health
- Indigenous Food Sovereignty in Tea Creek
- Heat Alert and Response System, Ashcroft BC
This report is a follow-up to the “Roundtable on Climate Change and Health” dialogue with Dr. Theresa Tam, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada, which was held on November 7th, 2022. The event and this report were initiated by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) – Western Region with support from the BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) and community experiences from across BC.
For the roundtable conversation, Knowledge Keeper, Sulksan, Shane Pointe welcomed the event by calling on us to lift up the hearts and minds of all Canadians to respect Mother Earth and her finite resources, reminding us of his personal motto “nutsamaht” (We are one).
Over 134 participants came together to learn more about Dr Tam’s recent
and the potential to address the impacts of climate change through small scale community led actions. This report summarizes the presentation and discussion highlights.
Watch a recording of the webinar
This report focuses on how local planning and design can support positive mental health and well-being, and is a companion resource to the content in the HBE Linkages Toolkit.
This report examines the state of municipal planning for social isolation in B.C. and the extent to which it is included in built environment planning. The report explores common challenges and provides examples of effective interventions and resources to help municipalities integrate social isolation into community planning.
After over 11 years of operation, BC’s Healthy Built Environment HBE) teams across the province came together to reflect on the process of their evolution, their strengths and the different challenges they have encountered, and where best to direct their energy and resources in order to continue moving the HBE agenda forward. This project was initiated with the goal of creating institutional memory as to how HBE work has evolved in the health authorities, and identifying how this work can best be supported going forward. Released: July 2018
A groundbreaking evidence-based and expert-informed resource that links planning principles to health outcomes. Audience: Anyone involved in work that affects the built environment; Released: May, 2018
Archived versions of the HBE linkages toolkit:
A step-by-step guide that includes a self-assessment tool, a Health and the Built Environment Primer, and a list of relevant references and resources. Audience: Planners, design professionals and people involved in local government decision-making; Released: March, 2010
Public Health Agency of Canada report profiles 13 Canadian communities where collaborative approaches to improve health have been a key consideration in planning decisions. Prepared for the Healthy Living Issue Group of the Pan-Canadian Public Health Network. Released: May, 2009
Introductory report that explains the link between health and the built environment and calls for improved collaboration between the health and planning sectors. Audience: People relatively new to HBE issues or who want to improve intersectoral collaboration; Released: January, 2009
List of indicators that provide objective ways to measure and track changes in community status and population health. Released: July, 2008
Workshop training module introducing health professionals to planning terms and processes. Audience: Public health professionals; Released: June, 2008
Report highlighting built environment initiatives to increase physical activity and promote health through community planning and design. Released: October, 2007
Report on best practices related to the built environment that address obesity-promoting factors Released: September, 2007