Tools and Publications


Reflecting on Equity in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Reflecting on Equity in the COVID-19 Pandemic

Mar. 12, 2020 in Articles
Amidst health advisories, travel restrictions, cancelled events in the province and worldwide, BC Healthy Communities is working as an organization to respond. As an organization focused on equity in communities across B.C., our role in any...
5 things to know about the TogetherBC Poverty Reduction Strategy Funding

5 things to know about the TogetherBC Poverty Reduction Strategy Funding

Feb. 13, 2020 in Articles
Local governments are at the front-line of seeing the impacts of poverty in their communities, and play a central role in developing local solutions with community partners and other levels of government.  As part of TogetherBC, ...
Coastal Communities Resource Document

Coastal Communities Resource Document

Aug. 29, 2019 in Tools
Small coastal communities have different barriers to physical activity infrastructure than other communities. The Active Coastal Communities document, developed by BC Healthy Communities, the BC Alliance for Healthy Living, and the Province...
Evaluating with an open mind and a humble heart: Reflections from the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference

Evaluating with an open mind and a humble heart: Reflections from the Canadian Evaluation Society Conference

Jun. 17, 2019 in Articles
Image: BC Healthy Communities' Research and Evaluation Specialist Diana Gresku (L) poses with Sharon Bala, author of The Boat People and the facilitator of Bridges to Empathy, one of the sessions at this year's Canadian Evaluation Society C...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: P

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: P

May. 9, 2019 in Fact Sheets
Political commitment is explicit “commitment to a healthy community by providing leadership and decision-making that considers health and well-being in policy decisions and planning.”1 “Many would be surprised to learn ...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: J

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: J

Feb. 11, 2019 in Tools
J is for “Justice” A commitment to social justice, equity, and environmental justice is at the root of healthy communities work. Justice is more than right versus wrong or following the law; it‘s about what is fair or equ...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: K

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: K

Feb. 11, 2019 in Tools
Kindness is the vehicle that fosters empathy, collaboration and healthy community relationships. Merriam-Webster’s Learner’s Dictionary defines “kind” as “having or showing a gentle nature and a desire to help...
Using evaluation as a strategic tool

Using evaluation as a strategic tool

Feb. 7, 2019 in Articles
Evaluation matters. Our team at BC Healthy Communities integrates evaluation into all aspects of our work– from start to finish. Evaluation is the process of critically examining what we do and how we do it, so we can understand the ...
Over a decade of empowering youth in the City of Victoria

Over a decade of empowering youth in the City of Victoria

Feb. 5, 2019 in Articles
Youth leadership evolves leaps and bounds in the City of Victoria. In the spring of 2004, then-youth coordinator Chelsea Peddle had an idea. She saw a gap between city politics and young peoples’ needs in the City of Victoria, and wan...
What\'s in your evaluation toolbox? A recap of the CESBC Evaluation Conference

What's in your evaluation toolbox? A recap of the CESBC Evaluation Conference

Dec. 14, 2018 in Articles
Two members of our evaluation team visited Vancouver in November to attend the Canadian Evaluation Society BC Chapter’s 2018 Provincial Conference. With the theme What’s in Your Evaluation Toolbox?, the conference ...
Growing together: Reflections from the IAP2 Conference

Growing together: Reflections from the IAP2 Conference

Oct. 17, 2018 in Articles
In September, our Community Engagement Coordinator Celeste Zimmer, alongside almost 400 other participants from around the world, attended the International Association of Public Participation (IAP2) North American Conference in Victoria, B...
Creating stronger planners through Reflective Practice

Creating stronger planners through Reflective Practice

Oct. 17, 2018 in Articles
In the last half-century, the planner’s role and responsibilities have changed remarkably. Traditionally, planners worked to build and maintain the infrastructure of the public realm. In contrast, the issues that planners now grapple ...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: H

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: H

Oct. 16, 2018 in Tools
Together with Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, we bring you the A to Z of Healthy Communities—a collection of terms you'd find in the Healthy Cities movement. Read the whole alphabet here. H is for Healthy Public Poli...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: I

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: I

Oct. 16, 2018 in Tools
Together with Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, we bring you the A to Z of Healthy Communities—a collection of terms you'd find in the Healthy Cities movement. Read the whole alphabet here.   I is for Inclusion ...
A place to call our own: The connection between community well-being and placemaking

A place to call our own: The connection between community well-being and placemaking

Oct. 16, 2018 in Articles
Place affects our health in multiple, powerful ways. In fact, it’s now known that the majority of individual health outcomes actually depend on the environment that we live in, rather than our genetic makeup (Raphael, 2009). However, ...
The A to Z of Healthy Communities: G

The A to Z of Healthy Communities: G

Sep. 4, 2018 in Tools
Together with Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, we bring you the A to Z of Healthy Communities—a collection of terms you'd find in the Healthy Cities movement. Read the whole alphabet here. G is for Grant writing. Grant wri...