TRURO - The Nova Scotia Community Health Boards’ biennial conference will be held Friday and Saturday at the Holiday Day Inn Truro Hotel and Conference Centre.
Hosted by Colchester East Hants Health Authority, Cumberland Health Authority and Pictou County Health Authority, more than 140 community health board members, support staff and district health authority board members will participate in presentations and group discussions relating to the conference’s theme, Turning the Tide Toward Wellness: Inspire, Share and Achieve.
Recognizing the work of community health boards to create community health plans, delegates will learn about gathering community input and engaging community partners in order to translate the plans into action. Delegates will also be offered sessions on provincial initiatives such 211, Community Counts and Thrive!
Jimi Kaye, community health planning manager with the Colchester East Hants Health Authority, said in a news release that the event is an “… opportunity to share their important work with one another, and help them to go on and achieve even higher things for their communities with what they learn here.”
Held in a different district health authority every two years since 2007, this is the first time the conference has been held in northern Nova Scotia.
In 1998, as part of the regional health board structure, community health boards began working at the grassroots level in Nova Scotia communities. Their goal was to help make their communities healthier. When the provincial government created district health authorities in 2001, it saw the potential these volunteers had to serve as the eyes, ears and voice of our communities. Community health boards were granted an official role in health care planning and delivery as part of the 2001 Health Authorities Act.
There are 37 community health boards across the province with more than 400 volunteers.