How does health influence housing? How does housing influence health?

At the last Comox Valley Community Health Network forum housing was identified as a top priority and since the Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness already exists in the community to plan, coordinate, recommend and implement community responses to homelessness the two organizations have decided to collaborate and join forces to host drop-in open houses for people to learn more.

The open houses will be hosted on October 17th from 5-7pm at the Cumberland Council chambers, October 18th 4:30-6:30pm in the Lewis Centre lobby and October 25th from 9-11am in the Comox Recreation Centre lobby.

The Community Health Network, formed in 2018, brings together a wide variety of people to take action on issues that impact well-being and health in the Comox Valley. It is a forum for the community to identify, prioritize and take collaborative action to make improvements on determinants of health. It focuses on areas for change that require the involvement of multiple people, groups and organizations to develop and implement solutions.

Stop by any of the open houses to speak to members of the Health Network and to learn more about who they are and what they will do to address community priorities. The network will soon be recruiting members for a Coordinating Circle and then Action teams, so at the open houses you can sign up for more information and ways you to be involved.

“From experience the Coalition knows that many positive changes happen through collaboration and community partnerships, so we are excited to be able to work closely with the Health Network in the future.” noted Coalition coordinator, Andrea Cupelli. “Please stop by an open house to learn about what the network is up to and how you can help, and then stay to share your thoughts and ideas about affordable housing needs. It is all interconnected”.

While you are at the drop-in open house be sure to have your say on one of the community’s top priorities; housing.

The Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness has partnered with the Whistler Centre for Sustainability and BC Housing to provide an opportunity for residents to learn about different affordable housing types, and to express thoughts concerns, suggestions, and ask questions about affordable housing.

Lindsay McGinn, facilitator for the Comox Valley Community Health Network added;

“Housing came out as one of the top priorities of the Health Network at our most recent forum. Housing is a social determinant of health and when people from all ages and stages of life are adequately housed, they are more able to fully engage in the community and feel a sense of belonging and well being.”

The Comox Valley community is encouraged to participate at one of the 3 drop-in sessions.
For more information please contact Lindsay McGinn, facilitator for the CV Health Network at cvcommunityhealthnetwork@gmail.com or visit facebook.com/cvchealthnetwork, and for information on the Coalition please contact Andrea Cupelli at comoxvalleyhousing@gmail.com or at cvhousing.ca.

Andrea Cupelli

Coordinator , Comox Valley Coalition to End Homelessness