Health and Sustainability in the Shuswap Region

Making the Links, Making it Happen: Planning Together for Sustainability, Health and Well-Being

Prestige Hotel, Salmon Arm, BC | Thursday, October 2, 2014 | 8:30 am to 4:00 pm 

Space is limited and pre-registration is required, Register Now

The community resources necessary for optimal health and well-being are many of the same things that contribute to a sustainable community. These include fundamental human needs such as good quality, affordable housing; access to public transit, schools, and parks; safe routes for pedestrians and bicyclists; meaningful and productive employment with fair wages; unpolluted air, soil, and water; and, cooperation, trust, and civic participation. In addition to the ways that these elements enhance sustainability, evidence shows that better access to these resources also increases the chance of living healthy, fulfilling lives and avoiding preventable diseases and injuries, while unequal access to these resources across population groups is the greatest contributor to inequities in health and well-being.


This workshop brings together local and regional governments, health sector representatives and community partners to learn about why and how communities can integrate sustainability planning, processes and projects with efforts to foster community health and well-being. Drawing on inspiring examples, local case studies and practical tools, participants will:

  • Work together across sectors to develop a shared understanding about the intersection of community sustainability, health and well-being, and the benefits of “joined-up” thinking and action
  • Learn about local health and sustainability trends
  • Identify local opportunities for collaboration and joint action to improve community sustainability, health and well-being 
  • Learn about practical resources, tools, and data to create more informed strategies and policies


Topics at the workshop will be driven by your current interests, challenges, and opportunities, such as:

  • Integrating health and sustainability goals into local policy and planning processes 
  • Planning for active transportation and healthier communities 
  • Linking health and well-being with climate change mitigation and adaptation
  • Using community engagement to improve community health for everyone
  • Fostering inclusive communities, with special consideration for our aging population 
  • Improving access to healthy food for all 
  • Fostering healthy natural environments, including access to parks and greenspace for all


This workshop is for local government and regional district staff and elected officials, health authority staff and community partners who are involved or interested in topics such as:

  • Policy development
  • Social Planning
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Transportation and infrastructure planning
  • Sustainability planning
  • Public engagement
  • Healthy community development

 Consider inviting colleagues from your organization or community so that you can learn and work together!


On behalf of the PlanH program, this workshop is being facilitated by BC Healthy Communities Society. PlanH supports local government engagement and partnerships across sectors for creating healthier communities. Recognizing that community policy, plans, and decisions affect health and well-being, PlanH provides learning opportunities, resources, and leading-edge practices for collaborative local action.

Click here for workshop facilitator bios.


To register, please click here.

For more information please contact Angela Bello at or 250-387-4470.
*A limited number of travel subsidies are available upon request. 

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