Vic­to­ria and In­ver­ness coun­ties ask for com­mu­nity par­tic­i­pa­tion in health plan­ning sur­veys

The Victoria Standard - - Local News - CAPE BRE­TON

Com­mu­nity health boards (CHBS) in In­ver­ness and Vic­to­ria Coun­ties are ask­ing the pub­lic to share their thoughts on what is­sues and chal­lenges af­fect the health of their com­mu­ni­ties.

To do this, the CHBS want com­mu­nity mem­bers to fill out a sur­vey as part of their com­mu­nity health plan­ning. The in­for­ma­tion gath­ered from the sur­veys will be used to bet­ter un­der­stand lo­cal pri­or­i­ties and the sup­ports peo­ple and com­mu­ni­ties need to im­prove their health. That, in turn, will be used by the CHBS to de­velop a com­mu­nity health plan for the area.

“We are happy to be work­ing in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Cen­tral In­ver­ness CHB and Vic­to­ria County CHB on this com­mu­nity health plan­ning process,” said Marie Au­coin, Chair of the North In­ver­ness Com­mu­nity Health Board. “Our com­mu­nity health boards have an im­por­tant role to play in en­gag­ing our com­mu­ni­ties to help iden­tify the health pri­or­i­ties unique to this area of ru­ral Cape Bre­ton.”

The short sur­vey asks ques­tions re­lated to what peo­ple think con­trib­utes to a com­mu­nity’s health and what the CHBS could do to sup­port im­prove­ments. It also asks for in­for­ma­tion about age and health con­di­tions to get a strong sense of the pop­u­la­tion’s health and de­mo­graph­ics. The sur­veys do not ask for per­sonal in­for­ma­tion such as names or ad­dresses and they will only be used to in­form the health plan­ning process.

The sur­veys are be­ing spread widely through­out the com­mu­ni­ties and, in some ar­eas, will be mailed di­rectly. Lo­cal mu­nic­i­pal­i­ties, li­braries and sev­eral busi­nesses will carry the sur­veys. As well, any com­pleted sur­vey can be dropped off at those lo­ca­tions.

Sur­veys are also avail­able on­line at https:// www.en­gage4health.ca/ com­mu­nity-health-plan­ning-be­gins-in-in­ver­ness-and-vic­to­ria-coun­ties.

CHBS were es­tab­lished in 2000 through leg­is­la­tion to ad­vise the Nova Sco­tia Health Au­thor­ity (NSHA) on lo­cal per­spec­tives, trends, is­sues and pri­or­i­ties.

Health plan­ning is an im­por­tant role for com­mu­nity health boards. CHBS across Nova Sco­tia are leg­is­lated to con­sult with their com­mu­ni­ties and de­velop a com­mu­nity health plan on an on-go­ing ba­sis through­out a three-year plan­ning cy­cle. Com­mu­nity health plans help to iden­tify pri­or­i­ties for the busi­ness plan­ning process for the NSHA and the IWK Health Cen­tre.

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