On March 14th, 146 interested community members gathered at a second forum to take the next steps to form the Comox Valley Community Health Network. Discussions at the forum focused on establishing a governance framework and an initial set of priorities.
The forum participants identified the conditions that foster or get in the way of health in the Comox Valley and considered a range of possibilities that the network could work on.
Participants decided that housing, child, youth and families, social inclusion and community connections, seniors care, poverty reduction and mental health and wellness would be the network priorities for the next three years. They then prepared guidelines for future action teams to address the priorities.
“Our data shows that one in four people in the Comox Valley struggles with anxiety and depression” says Lindsay McGinn, Community Impact Officer at United Way Central & Northern Vancouver Island. “The new health network brings together some brilliant minds and key service providers in our community to tackle the root causes and help improve lives across all ages and income levels.”
The network has formed a transition team to facilitate recruitment and development of both the coordinating circle and action teams. It will also create a description for a staff position.
On May 15th, the Comox Valley District Board approved a funding agreement between the Comox Valley Regional District and Island Health thereby agreeing to be the fiscal host for network funding from Island Health for the next three years.
The network is open to anyone who lives or works within the CVRD region and wants to enhance the health and well-being of our community.