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Your Voice for a Healthy Community


Register for upcoming stakeholder engagement sessions


May 22

9:00 am to 11:00 am: Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Birchtown

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: NSCC Burridge Campus, Room C-251, Yarmouth

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: École secondaire de Clare, Salle/Room 223 - Technologie, La Butte/Meteghan River


May 29

9:00 am to 11:00 am: Berwick & District Lions Community Centre

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 33, Bridgetown

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Digby Regional High School Cafeteria

Eventbrite - Western Zone Community Health Planning - Valley



We know there are many other ways to improve the health of our communities outside of the health care system.

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Register for upcoming stakeholder engagement sessions


May 22

9:00 am to 11:00 am: Black Loyalist Heritage Centre, Birchtown

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: NSCC Burridge Campus, Room C-251, Yarmouth

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: École secondaire de Clare, Salle/Room 223 - Technologie, La Butte/Meteghan River


May 29

9:00 am to 11:00 am: Berwick & District Lions Community Centre

1:30 pm to 3:30 pm: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 33, Bridgetown

6:00 pm to 8:00 pm: Digby Regional High School Cafeteria

Eventbrite - Western Zone Community Health Planning - Valley



We know there are many other ways to improve the health of our communities outside of the health care system.

Outside of Health Services, your Community Health Board (CHB) volunteers wanted to know what the issues or conditions are that prevent you, your family, and your community from living healthy lives.

Your voice is important.

Your Community Health Boards thank you for participating to help make our community a healthier place to live, learn, work and play.


What We Heard


Click/tap the banner to view an infographic showing what we've heard from our communities so far.

Infographique aussi disponible en français.


We received about 2,200 answers to our questions. Here's what people talked about most:

  • We heard that people are looking for opportunities for connection and inclusion in supportive community environments.
  • We heard that people have challenges with availability and access to healthy living, recreation, and wellness programs in their communities.
  • We heard that people have difficulty accessing healthy food because of cost, availability, transportation, and lack of food skills/knowledge.
  • We heard that people experience a variety of issues finding or maintaining safe, affordable, appropriate Housing.


We also received over 1,000 comments about Health Service Delivery, and we have shared these with NSHA Primary Health Care. If you would like to know more about how Primary Health Care is responding, please see Shaping Our System Together.


What’s Next?

The CHBs have collectively identified four priorities, but now we need your help to explore them more deeply and answer the following…

Together, how do we create Health Promotion partnerships and overcome barriers for all community members to equitably attain optimal wellness – socially, emotionally, and physically – with regard to:

  • Opportunities for Connection & Inclusion in Supportive Community Environments;
  • Availability & Access to Healthy Living, Recreation, and Wellness Programs;
  • Working together upstream to improve Food Security;
  • Working together upstream on issues of safe, affordable, appropriate Housing?


Please plan to attend one of the 9 sessions that will be taking place around the Western Zone this May.

Each session will last about two hours. Refreshments will be provided.

Feel free to share this invitation with anyone you think may be interested in contributing to the conversation.

Your Community Health Boards thank you for participating to help make our community a healthier place to live, learn, work, and play.



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About Community Health Boards

As we compile all this information for our plan for 2019, we want you to know that we are still working hard in your communities and holding steady to our current Community Health Plans, and we can see the positive changes we have effected already!

In our communities, volunteers are some of the hardest working people we know. They bring passion, expertise, dedication, and skill sets to help their communities.

Community Health Board (CHB) volunteers live in our communities and are dedicated to helping people and communities achieve the best health they can. Each CHB is active in their community distributing small grants provided through the NSHA for various groups and activities through our Wellness Funds, providing support to health promotion experts to host education sessions related to our health plan priorities, supporting opportunities for community members and groups with similar interests to network, initiating community discussions, linking community to resources and advocating for healthy public policy at all levels of government.

At CHBs we like to think of ourselves as helpers –We help Nova Scotia Health Authority to learn how things like income, education, employment status, gender, working conditions ... affect our communities and then help make recommendations on ways to improve that. We call these factors The Social Determinants of Health.

CHB’s know that Nova Scotians are very concerned about access to Health Services and we know that Nova Scotia Health Authority is working on that. But we also know that being healthy is more than just illness and we have a role to connect with you and learn more about that.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your local CHB office.



Words create worlds.

The more we talk about something, the more it grows in our lives.

The more we share stories with each other of positivity, enthusiasm, partnerships, dedication, focus, collaboration, connecting the dots, ideas, passion, action, and acceptance; the more we will see those qualities and values grow in our communities.

Please share with us a story of a “high-point moment” from a time when you were working with others to create a positive impact with regard to any of the following:

  • working to improve Food Security; or
  • Improving Availability & Access to healthy living, recreation, & Wellness programs; or
  • working on issues of safe, affordable, appropriate housing; or
  • Creating opportunities for connection & inclusion in supportive community environments.

What were the most memorable parts? What innovations and insights came from it?

  • Things about YOU in that story
  • Things about OTHERS in that story
  • Things about the surrounding conditions, partnerships, diversity of voices, values, etc.

What were the “root causes of success”?

Thank you for sharing your story.

We invite you to help identify the "root causes of success" in the other stories that have been shared here.

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