There are six volunteer Community Health Boards (CHBs) in the Cape Breton District. While the District works to promote and educate people about healthier choices through a population health model, the CHBs enhance that commitment by sponsoring and supporting various community based initiatives designed to improve the overall health of a community. This is mandated under the Health Authorities Act, Bill No. 34, effective 01 January 2001. Through this Act, CHB responsibilities are to:
o Develop a community health plan for each fiscal year (April to March) and provide it to the CBDHA Board.
o Construct community health profiles
o Prepare an inventory of community based health services delivered in the community
o Support the implementation of appropriate sections of the community health plan
o Manage or assist with community development grants
o Foster community development
o Provide advice and assistance to CBDHA
The community health plan serves as a tool to provide advice and input to the District's Board of Directors and help to identify health priorities. This helps the District to better understand the health needs and challenges in a community. The plans also support the District's overall business planning, program planning and Strategic Directions.
CHBs are active in promoting the District's Communities in Motion and Healthy Eating initiatives by providing funding grants to numerous community based groups for programs that encourage greater physical activity and healthy eating. The CHBs also coordinate the selection of groups for funding under the Nova Scotia Health Promotion and Protection, Wellness Initiative Fund for community based projects that help improve the health of the community.
For more information, please contact the board relevant to your area.
COMMUNITY HEALTH BOARD CHAIRS & COORDINATOR
Central Inverness CHB
South from Margaree to Maryville, East to Whycocomagh and Waycobah
PO Box 610
39 James St., Inverness, NS
Central Cape Breton County CHB
Sydney, South Bar, Gabarus, Mira Road, Westmount, Coxhealth to Irish Cove
P.O. Box 706
562-8502 (work) email@example.com
Northside the Lakes CHB
Point Aconi, Sydney Mines, North Sydney, Point Edward, Northside East Bay, Eskasoni