The PPH surveillance team engages in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data about demography, socio-economic status, health status, chronic diseases as well as their protective and risk factors among British Columbians.
The team works closely with the Ministry of Health, PHSA agencies, the BC Observatory for Population and Public Health, regional health authorities, and universities, aiming to enhance provincial surveillance capacity through collaboration and partnership.
PPH works closely with partners at the Ministry of Health, regional health authorities, and community organizations to create standardized data, tools, and resources that support community health across the province. We support our partners from health, education, and various community sectors to use these tools in informing their local-level planning and decision-making.
Please visit the BC Community Health Data website for the most recent community health profiles, health database, BC Community Health Atlas, and archived profiles.
Various aspects of the health of the population are reported using health indicators, including health equity indicators. Health indicators are quantifiable measures for describing health status, determinants of health, and health system performance.
Healthy Families BC (HFBC) is the BC Government's health promotion and chronic disease prevention agenda. PPH leads, coordinates, and supports various components of the HFBC Communities and Schools initiatives in collaboration with the Ministry of Health and regional health authorities.
Through a range of projects, surveillance activities support all PPH initiatives such as promoting health equity and healthy weights, food security, and HFBC. The surveillance team is also co-leading, with the Ministry of Health, to evaluate the HFBC initiatives and has completed evaluation of two provincial HFBC initiatives: Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools. The surveillance team is working on expanding the data access and their linkages from the Ministry of Health and the PHSA agencies for enhancing the chronic disease surveillance system in the province. This initiative also supports the data needs of PHSA agencies and programs including the BC Observatory for Population and Public Health. The team participates in collaborative research with academic institutions such as two research projects on-going in a tripartite collaborative with the University of Northern BC and Northern Health.