The Canadian Healthy Communities Network
The Canadian Healthy Communities Network was established by four provincial Healthy Communities Networks who have worked together since October 2009 to advance and exchange knowledge across Canada about Healthy Community (HC) initiatives. Its purpose is to support provincial, regional and local HC networks and coalitions by providing access to educational resources, opportunities for peer learning and to share expertise, experiences and success stories.
The founding members of the CHCN are:
- Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition
- BC Healthy Communities
- Réseau québécois de Villes et Villages en santé
- Mouvement Acadien des Communautés en Santé du Nouveau-Brunswick
The Canadian Healthy Communities Network (CHCN) emerged as an outcome of the project “Healthy Communities: An Approach to Action on Health Determinants in Canada”, funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer as one of seven CLASP (Coalitions Linking Action and Science for Prevention) projects. Knowledge acquired through this project was exchanged across sectors, provincial, community contexts and official languages.
Dr. Trevor Hancock, founder of the Ontario Healthy Communities Coalition, is Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He writes a weekly column for the Times Colonist on issues relating to Healthy Communities.These columns are available on our website, with the permission of Dr. Hancock, at www.ohcc-ccso.ca/en/hancock-column.