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Healthy Community Development

Who we are:

Where we live, work, learn and play impacts our health. Northern Health’s Healthy Community Development (HCD) team supports local governments, community partners and stakeholders around health to:

  • Identify their own needs and priorities; 
  • Coordinate efforts and resources; 
  • Formalize partnerships; and, 
  • Access facilitation, granting and education opportunities. 

What we do:

  • Serve as a conduit: we work with local health leadership in communities and connect them to the leads and/or resources of the Population Health programs. This can be from responding to a local request for information, to supporting local policy development. Population Health Programs include: Nutrition, Physical Activity, Injury Prevention, Tobacco Reduction, Mental Wellness and the Prevention of Substance Harms, Dental, Healthy Schools, and Healthy Community Development.
  • Support planning from ideas to action: we provide group facilitation support to local heath leadership in their work to identify and catalyze action towards addressing community health priorities.
  • Provide the larger picture: if a local leader or community partner requests support to understand setting-based health promotion initiatives, we can work with them to provide a baseline understanding of the issue and broader literature or current case studies. We can then also help to find ways to bring these ideas towards meeting local needs.
  • Provide a link to funding opportunities: We share information about external grants and deliver our own internal IMAGINE grants. Since 2009, we have granted more than $2.2 million to northern BC communities. View our successful grant recipients map.

There are 3 Healthy Community Development Leads in the HCD program who each have a health service area based portfolio. They work closely with Northern Health Leadership and programs, as well as community level partners and groups, to support healthy community development functions in communities.

Healthy Community Development

Contact Us

Northwest HSDA
Holly Christian

Northern Interior HSDA

Mandy Levesque

Northeast HSDA

Megan Klitch