Provincial Health Services Authority

Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) is one of six health authorities – the other five health authorities serve geographic regions of BC.

PHSA’s primary role is to ensure that BC residents have access to a coordinated network of high-quality specialized health care services.

PHSA operates provincial agencies including BC Children’s Hospital, BC Transplant, and BC Cancer Agency. It is also responsible for specialized provincial health services like chest surgery and trauma services, which are delivered in a number of locations in the regional health authorities as well specialized programs that operate across several PHSA agencies.

Links and resources

BC Community Health Atlas

The BC Community Health Atlas is a web-based interactive mapping tool that displays indicators of population health by geographic area and can help inform decision-making and planning for community health at the local level.

The Atlas is a free, user-friendly platform for visualizing and comparing data related to health status, demographics, and determinants of health. From over 200 available options on the Atlas, you can select an indicator of interest and compare your region to others in the province, mapping either by local health area or school district. Available indicators include: health status (e.g., life expectancy), health behaviours (e.g., tobacco use, physical activity levels), demographics (e.g., income, household composition, immigrant and Aboriginal populations), education (e.g., high school completion), and economics (e.g., housing type, unemployment assistance).

Health 201: A Knowledge-to-Action Framework for Creating Healthier Built Environments

The Health 201 tool helps planning professionals and decision-makers identify opportunities for creating healthier built environments to reduce preventable illness and injury in their communities.

One of a series of products from PHSA’s Healthy Built Environment Initiative, Health 201 is 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 from BC and beyond. This document is intended for architects, planners, design professionals, engineers and decision-makers in municipal and regional governments.


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