Planning for Healthy Communities and Economies Workshop

Date: 2009-2010

EcoPlan designed and facilitated a workshop that pulled together health practitioners and economic development stakeholders to identify the links between a healthy built environment and local economic development. The purpose of the workshop was to discuss how communities could facilitate economic development and diversification opportunities by addressing complimentary health and sustainability goals. The five-site video conferencing workshop involved participants from 10 regional districts, over 25 municipalities and several First Nation governments. This innovative approach allowed for a mix of ideas and perspectives from representatives across a large geographic area that could not have been facilitated in a traditional workshop. The Fraser Basin Council, the Interior Health Authority, and the Ministry of Community and Rural Development supported the project.