Community Health Profiles

The Provincial Health Services Authority (PHSA) recently released BC Community Health Profiles, documents that provide local level data for use by health authorities, local governments, and other stakeholders. There are profiles available for 130 incorporated municipalities online that include information on demographics, numbers of health practitioners, and local health indicators such as life expectancy and chronic diseases.

During the 2011 Ministry of Health consultations, local governments expressed a need for increased access to user-friendly health data at the local level to help inform their priority setting processes. In response to this request, PHSA Population and Public Health developed the BC Community Health Profiles in partnership with the Ministry of Health, all regional health authorities, the Union of BC Municipalities, and BC Healthy Communities Society’s PlanH program.

The profiles are intended to support community health planning through collaborative partnerships among health authorities, local governments, and other stakeholders. Using a standard provincial format, the profiles present community health data at a municipal level – for all communities that had sufficient data available – and are not meant to replace the comprehensive Local Health Area profiles that are developed by regional health authorities.

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