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Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some Frequently Asked Questions that will help you become more familiar with this forum and start contributing content to forum discussions. 

Why was this forum created? 

Healthy Built Environment (HBE) is a rapidly emerging area of focus for health professionals across Canada. The man-made and natural features of the built environment have direct and indirect impacts on physical and mental health outcomes. Aspects of the built environment can influence air quality, traffic injuries, and presence of toxic substances, and can also modify physical activity levels, social connectedness, dietary habits, mobility, and housing. The 2017 annual report from Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, presents the evidence linking aspects of the built environment to the environmental and social determinants of health that contribute to chronic diseases and conditions in the Canadian population. The report advocates for the creation of HBE through cross-sector collaboration in order to help Canadians live healthier lives and reduce the incidence of chronic diseases.

The geographical size and demographic diversity in Canada is a recognized barrier for collaboration and knowledge sharing. To support cross-sector and pan-Canadian collaboration and discussions, the NCCEH has partnered with the BC Centre for Disease Control to develop an online, participant-driven “Healthy Built Environment in Canada” online discussion forum.

What are the objectives of this forum? 

The objectives of the forum include:

  • Identify HBE initiatives and activities, and enable engagement in best practice and policy discussions;
  • Promote collaboration among stakeholders across Canada;
  • Facilitate networking and shared learning to reduce duplication of effort in projects and initiatives;
  • Foster resource sharing and cross-sector learning opportunities;
  • Build a broadly shared understanding of built environment concepts for diverse contexts and political priorities related to healthier built environments in Canada;
  • Strengthen public health capacity by facilitating a practice of reciprocity across sectors, and providing a medium for collaboration and knowledge exchange on HBE work.

Who should participate in this forum? 

The target audience for this forum is broad reaching and includes the following sectors and stakeholders: 

  • Public health professionals (including EHOs, Population Health teams, dieticians, MHOs, community health specialists)
  • Health organizations
  • Federal, provincial, and local governments (planning and design, administration, policy, knowledge translators/brokers)
  • Academic institutions (Masters of Public Health, urban design/urban planning programs)
  • Private sector, including developers and consultants

Does it cost anything to join this forum? 

Particpation is FREE with registration. 

 

Do you have more questions? Feel free to post them below!