Talk about health

From October 2015 to April 2016, we asked Nova Scotians what we need to do to create a healthier future. Talk about health included 42 face-to-face conversations with almost 1,000 people in communities across the province, asking big questions about how we can change our health status. Our Community Health Boards and many other community partners and stakeholders collaborated to make these events a huge success.

The feedback we’ve received from community participants has painted a picture of where Nova Scotians see the challenges for achieving good health and also the opportunities we have to make change. There was a lot of hope expressed and the people who attended these conversations were very engaged.

What we heard

It’s time to report back on what we heard. We have in these five key themes:

·Live well

·Cooperate, coordinate, collaborate

·Encourage a healthy population

·Build supportive systems

·Build a healthy society

Read about each of the themes in the Talk about health Phase I report here. Please take some time to read over each of the themes while you think about these questions:

1. Can we afford to stand back and see what happens if we do nothing and let the conversation end here?

2. How can we better support our own health, our community and our province?

3. How can we move forward from here to create a better culture of health in Nova Scotia?

For a quick snapshot of Phase 1, take a look at the infographic.

What’s next?

Phase II of Talk about health is still in the planning stages. We will be posting regular updates here as we continue to consult and plan with our partners.

In the meantime, please let us know what you think of anything you read in the Talk about health report or elsewhere by participating on the site or by email. For other opportunities to engage with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, please visit us online.


From October 2015 to April 2016, we asked Nova Scotians what we need to do to create a healthier future. Talk about health included 42 face-to-face conversations with almost 1,000 people in communities across the province, asking big questions about how we can change our health status. Our Community Health Boards and many other community partners and stakeholders collaborated to make these events a huge success.

The feedback we’ve received from community participants has painted a picture of where Nova Scotians see the challenges for achieving good health and also the opportunities we have to make change. There was a lot of hope expressed and the people who attended these conversations were very engaged.

What we heard

It’s time to report back on what we heard. We have in these five key themes:

·Live well

·Cooperate, coordinate, collaborate

·Encourage a healthy population

·Build supportive systems

·Build a healthy society

Read about each of the themes in the Talk about health Phase I report here. Please take some time to read over each of the themes while you think about these questions:

1. Can we afford to stand back and see what happens if we do nothing and let the conversation end here?

2. How can we better support our own health, our community and our province?

3. How can we move forward from here to create a better culture of health in Nova Scotia?

For a quick snapshot of Phase 1, take a look at the infographic.

What’s next?

Phase II of Talk about health is still in the planning stages. We will be posting regular updates here as we continue to consult and plan with our partners.

In the meantime, please let us know what you think of anything you read in the Talk about health report or elsewhere by participating on the site or by email. For other opportunities to engage with the Nova Scotia Health Authority, please visit us online.


  • Ce que nous avons fait…

    7 months ago
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  • Talk about health: The Story

    8 months ago
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    From October 2015 to April 2016, we hosted 1,000 people in 42 meetings to figure out how we can be healthier Nova Scotians. During this time, there were 9,000 visits to our Talk about health website, and hundreds of people downloaded information, filled out surveys and posted comments.

    At our public meetings, we shared information about Nova Scotians’ health, then asked people to share their thoughts about opportunities and responsibilities for creating a healthier future. This report summarizes the top themes from those many conversations and the thousands of comments we gathered. View the report


    From October 2015 to April 2016, we hosted 1,000 people in 42 meetings to figure out how we can be healthier Nova Scotians. During this time, there were 9,000 visits to our Talk about health website, and hundreds of people downloaded information, filled out surveys and posted comments.

    At our public meetings, we shared information about Nova Scotians’ health, then asked people to share their thoughts about opportunities and responsibilities for creating a healthier future. This report summarizes the top themes from those many conversations and the thousands of comments we gathered. View the report


  • Talk about health Phase I

    8 months ago
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    A brief overview of what we heard and what happened during Phase I of Talk about health. Stay tuned for a more detailed report coming soon!



    A brief overview of what we heard and what happened during Phase I of Talk about health. Stay tuned for a more detailed report coming soon!



  • What we heard Windsor

    10 months ago
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    On March 29, Tricia Cochrane, Vice-President, Integrated Health Services Program Primary Health Care and Population Health and the West Hants Uniacke Community Health Board hosted a community conversation. They talked about where the health system is and where it needs to go. Here are some of the things we heard.


    On March 29, Tricia Cochrane, Vice-President, Integrated Health Services Program Primary Health Care and Population Health and the West Hants Uniacke Community Health Board hosted a community conversation. They talked about where the health system is and where it needs to go. Here are some of the things we heard.


  • What we heard Shannex

    10 months ago
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    Nova Scotia is spending more and more money on health care, but we aren’t getting any healthier. It’s time to Talk about health.

    On March 22, our colleagues at Shannex hosted a conversation with The Sisters of Charity and Tricia Cochrane, Vice-President, Integrated Health Services Program Primary Health Care and Population Health, Nova Scotia Health Authority. We talked about where the health system is and where it needs to go. Here are some of the things we heard.



    Nova Scotia is spending more and more money on health care, but we aren’t getting any healthier. It’s time to Talk about health.

    On March 22, our colleagues at Shannex hosted a conversation with The Sisters of Charity and Tricia Cochrane, Vice-President, Integrated Health Services Program Primary Health Care and Population Health, Nova Scotia Health Authority. We talked about where the health system is and where it needs to go. Here are some of the things we heard.



  • What we heard Eating Disorders NS

    10 months ago
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    Nova Scotia is spending more and more money on health care, but we aren’t getting any healthier. It’s time to Talk about health.

    On March 21, we met with Eating Disorders Nova Scotia and talked about where the health system is and where it needs to go. Here are some of the things we heard.


    Nova Scotia is spending more and more money on health care, but we aren’t getting any healthier. It’s time to Talk about health.

    On March 21, we met with Eating Disorders Nova Scotia and talked about where the health system is and where it needs to go. Here are some of the things we heard.


  • Talk about health pop-up conversations for NSHA employees

    11 months ago

    Talk about health pop-up conversations are continuing this week at sites across the province and we’re hoping you’ll swing by for a quick chat. If a pop-up isn’t being held at your site or if you can’t make it, can still the participate online. For site locations, please see below:

    Central Zone:

    · May 25: 8:30 am – 4 pm @ Public Health, Burnside

    · May 26: 11 am – 1 pm @ Hants Community Hospital

    · May 27: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Centennial Building, VG site, QEII (Cafeteria)

    · May 31: 10 am – 2 pm @ Cobequid Community Health Centre

    · June 1: 10 am – 2 pm @ Bayers Road Teams

    · June 2: 9:30 am – 10:30 pm @ Primary Health Care, Mumford Rd

    Eastern Zone:

    · May 25: 11:30 am – 1:30pm @ St. Martha's Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 27: 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Strait Richmond Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 30: 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Cape Breton Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    Western Zone:

    · May 24: 9:30 am – 11:30 am @ South Shore Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 24: 1 pm – 2 pm @ Queens General Hospita (Cafeteria)

    · May 25: 9 am – 11 am @ Yarmouth Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 25: 1 pm – 2:30 pm @ Digby General Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 26: 9:30 am – 11 am @ Soldiers Memorial Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 26: 1 pm – 3 pm @ Valley Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    Northern Zone:

    · May 24: 8:30 am – 10 am @ Mental Health and Addictions, Amherst

    · May 24: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Cumberland Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 26: 8:30 am – 9:30 am @ Primary Health Care, New Glasgow

    · May 26: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Aberdeen Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 31: 9 am – 10:30 am @ Continuing Care, Truro

    · May 31: 12 pm – 2 pm @ Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital (Cafeteria/lunch room)


    Talk about health pop-up conversations are continuing this week at sites across the province and we’re hoping you’ll swing by for a quick chat. If a pop-up isn’t being held at your site or if you can’t make it, can still the participate online. For site locations, please see below:

    Central Zone:

    · May 25: 8:30 am – 4 pm @ Public Health, Burnside

    · May 26: 11 am – 1 pm @ Hants Community Hospital

    · May 27: 9:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Centennial Building, VG site, QEII (Cafeteria)

    · May 31: 10 am – 2 pm @ Cobequid Community Health Centre

    · June 1: 10 am – 2 pm @ Bayers Road Teams

    · June 2: 9:30 am – 10:30 pm @ Primary Health Care, Mumford Rd

    Eastern Zone:

    · May 25: 11:30 am – 1:30pm @ St. Martha's Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 27: 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Strait Richmond Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 30: 11:30am – 1:30pm @ Cape Breton Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    Western Zone:

    · May 24: 9:30 am – 11:30 am @ South Shore Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 24: 1 pm – 2 pm @ Queens General Hospita (Cafeteria)

    · May 25: 9 am – 11 am @ Yarmouth Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 25: 1 pm – 2:30 pm @ Digby General Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 26: 9:30 am – 11 am @ Soldiers Memorial Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 26: 1 pm – 3 pm @ Valley Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    Northern Zone:

    · May 24: 8:30 am – 10 am @ Mental Health and Addictions, Amherst

    · May 24: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Cumberland Regional Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 26: 8:30 am – 9:30 am @ Primary Health Care, New Glasgow

    · May 26: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm @ Aberdeen Hospital (Cafeteria)

    · May 31: 9 am – 10:30 am @ Continuing Care, Truro

    · May 31: 12 pm – 2 pm @ Lillian Fraser Memorial Hospital (Cafeteria/lunch room)


  • Talk about health winds down for Phase I

    about 1 year ago
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    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Almost forty face-to-face Talk about health conversations have taken place since we started this conversation with Nova Scotians on October 30, 2015. We have heard from over 600 people who care deeply about their health and the health of our communities.

    Read our full message here.

    We are currently reviewing the thousands of comments you shared and you can expect to hear back from us in the coming weeks!



    Thank you, thank you, thank you!

    Almost forty face-to-face Talk about health conversations have taken place since we started this conversation with Nova Scotians on October 30, 2015. We have heard from over 600 people who care deeply about their health and the health of our communities.

    Read our full message here.

    We are currently reviewing the thousands of comments you shared and you can expect to hear back from us in the coming weeks!



  • Talk about health Elmsdale

    about 1 year ago
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    Nova Scotia is spending more and more money on health care, but we aren’t getting
    any healthier. It’s time to Talk about health.


    On April 7, the Colchester East Hants Community Health Board hosted a conversation
    with Dr. Ryan Sommers about where the health system is and where it needs to go.
    Here are some of the things we heard.


    Nova Scotia is spending more and more money on health care, but we aren’t getting
    any healthier. It’s time to Talk about health.


    On April 7, the Colchester East Hants Community Health Board hosted a conversation
    with Dr. Ryan Sommers about where the health system is and where it needs to go.
    Here are some of the things we heard.


  • Talk about health SDHHNS

    about 1 year ago
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    On April 4th, we spoke to the Society for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians. Here's what we heard!


    On April 4th, we spoke to the Society for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Nova Scotians. Here's what we heard!