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:
oDevelop a community health plan for each fiscal year (April to March) and provide it to the CBDHA Board.
oConstruct community health profiles
oPrepare an inventory of community based health services delivered in the community
oSupport the implementation of appropriate sections of the community health plan
oManage or assist with community development grants
oFoster community development
oProvide 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
south from Margaree to Maryville, East to Whycocomagh and Waycobah