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City to host first-ever Vancouver Healthy City summit

June 20 2012 The City of Vancouver is hosting its first-ever Healthy City Summit this Friday, showcasing behind-the-scenes work on urban health in Vancouver, as well as developing a long-term healthy city strategy for the City.

Along with its key partner Vancouver Coastal Health, the City of Vancouver is developing a long-term strategy for healthier people, healthier places and a healthier planet – building on previous and current efforts to address urban health issues.

Building community

The City of Vancouver is hosting its first-ever Healthy City Summit this Friday, showcasing behind-the-scenes work on urban health in Vancouver, as well as developing a long-term healthy city strategy for the City.

The summit takes place on Friday, June 22, 2012 from 8 am to 12:45 pm at SFU Goldcorp Centre for the Arts, 149 West Hastings Street.

The summit will feature presentations on nine focus areas including:

  •  The City’s hoarding task force
  • Aboriginal employment programs;
  • Neighbourhood food networks;
  • Seniors’ mobility and the built environment; and,
  • Youth leaders tackling racism and discrimination.

Moderated by Vancouver’s Chief Librarian Sandra Singh, Healthy People, Healthy City will feature a keynote speech by award-winning public health reporter Andre Picard of the Globe and Mail, as well as a panel discussion featuring Romi Chandra Herbert of PeerNetBC, VCH Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Patricia Daly, Executive Director of the Urban Native Youth Association Lynda Gray, UVIC senior health scholar Trevor Hancock, and SFU President and Vice-Chancellor Andrew Petter.

The panel will discuss emerging health issues in Vancouver and take questions from the audience.

Along with its key partner Vancouver Coastal Health, the City of Vancouver is developing a long-term strategy for healthier people, healthier places and a healthier planet – building on previous and current efforts to address urban health issues through prevention, treatment, harm reduction, and regulation/enforcement.

The Healthy City Strategy focuses on three key areas:

  • Towards Healthy People: Taking care of the basics
  • Towards Healthy Communities: Promoting inclusion, belonging and connectedness
  • Towards Healthy Environments: Ensuring liveability now and into the future

The strategy will be accompanied by a series of three-year action plans containing priority actions, outcomes, and measurements in each of the three strategic focus areas. The public and stakeholders will have opportunities to provide input and comment on the draft strategy over the coming months.

Media are asked to register in advance by emailing cristan.gossen@vancouver.ca

How we are creating a healthy city for all

The Healthy City Strategy is a long-term, integrated plan for healthier people, healthier places, and a healthier planet.

Healthy City Strategy

The Healthy City Strategy a long-term, integrated plan for healthier people, places, and planet. Learn more about our goals and actions.