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Community Health Data

Community health data is data about the health status of a particular group. The Population & Public Health program gathers data on developmental, socio-economic and environmental determinants of health.

Much of our data is being gathered into our website Community Health Data

Introduction

Community health refers to the health and well-being of a geographic community and is impacted by the environment in which community members live, work, learn and play.

Health starts in our homes, schools, and jobs, long before we get sick. 


Community health is affected by the income level of the neighbourhood, the built and natural environment, healthy childhood development, access to health services, supportive social networks, and educational opportunities. These factors, among others, are referred to as the determinants of health, because they impact the health of individuals and the community.

A healthy community is a shared responsibility and is achieved through the collaborative efforts of many people, organizations, and sectors. 


The provincial government and health authorities are primarily responsible for health by providing health services and promoting healthy living. Local and First Nations governments and community organizations can also play a role in creating the conditions for citizens to make healthier choices, and working with partners to promote community well-being. 


Together we can build healthy and vibrant communities that empower citizens to achieve their best physical and mental health.

Communities across BC are diverse.


Local data can support community health by highlighting community strengths and areas for improvement. Access to local health data allows communities to make informed decisions about the policies and programs that are responsive to communities' unique needs and will most benefit their residents.

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.


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.

 
Healthy Families BC Communities
This PPH report summarizes the evaluation of the second year of the Healthy Families BC Communities initiative between April 2014 and March 2015 and the progress since the beginning of the initiative. The report was released June 2016.


Community health websites

  • HealthyFamilies BC is the Province's health promotion plan to encourage British Columbians to make healthier choices.
  • Healthy Schools BC is part of the HealthyFamilies BC strategy, to put healthy schools initiatives into place.
  • DASH: Partnering for Healthier Schools is a non-profit society committed to making a significant contribution toward positively influencing the health and learning capacity of students in BC.
  • PlanH is a website of tools and resources for partnership development and planning for healthier communities.

Atlas

Population and Public Health recently released the BC Community Health Data website, which features updated community health profiles, a health atlas, and a searchable database.

The BC Community Health Atlas is a web-based interactive mapping tool that displays indicators of population health by geographic area. The website includes:

  • current profiles of BC communities
  • a mapping tool that shows health data by geographic region
  • a searchable database that displays health data customized by location or topic.
For community health profiles from 2014 and earlier, please see the Archive

The BC Community Health Atlas is a free, user-friendly platform for visualizing and comparing data related to population health, demographics as well as developmental, socio-economic, and environmental determinants of health. 


You can use the Atlas to:

  • Create customizable geographic maps that display patterns in health indicators by local health area (LHA) or by school district
  • Visualize and compare reliable, up-to-date local-level BC data from multiple sources
  • Help inform local-level decision-making and planning for community health
The atlas is for anyone involved in local-level decision-making and planning for community health initiatives can benefit from the Atlas. This broad audience may include:
  • health authorities
  • local governments
  • school districts
  • community groups and non-governmental organizations (NGOs)
  • researchers
  • decision-makers at the community and municipal levels

The Atlas contains over 200 indicators related to community health and well-being, grouped into ten themes:

  • health 
  • children
  • youth
  • demographic profile
  • economic conditions
  • labour market conditions

Education (including sub-themes on healthy behaviours within schools, safety at school, and school environment)

Indicators can be mapped by local health area or by school district.

Data sources include BC Stats, the BC Stats Socio-Economic Profiles, the Ministry of Health (Chronic Disease Registries and Vital Statistics), Statistics Canada (2006 and 2011 Census of Canada), and the Ministry of Education (School Satisfactory Survey, Foundational Skills Assessment).

 

The BC Community Health Atlas is funded and sponsored by the Provincial Health Services Authority.


 

Archived profiles
Please visit the BC Community Health Data website for the most recent community health profiles and related information. The 2014 profiles are archived below for reference.

2014 Profiles



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