Community Health Boards

Community Health Boards represent an important link between citizens and the health care system. Legislated by the Health Authorities Act, the Boards are mandated to carry out key functions to ensure our health system is responsive to community health needs. Each year Community Health Boards are expected to develop a community health plan for their area. They do this by consulting with people and organizations about their views on how to improve the health of individuals and how to create social and physical environments that promote health. The Boards also consider information about their population's health status and demographic profile. This information, along with community views, is used to develop recommendations for the community health plan. The provincial health authority and the IWK Health Centre are mandated to consider these plans as yearly health-services business plans are developed.

Another important role of the Community Health Boards is to work in partnership with a broad range of community groups and organizations to support them in their efforts to build a healthier community. Community Health Board members recognize that many factors influence the health of individuals and their communities, e.g. income, education, healthy child development, culture, social support, personal health practices, coping skills, social status, employment, physical environments, inherited factors, and the availability of health services.

FInd out how you can get involved with the Community Health Board in your area:

Halifax Regional Municipality (not including IWK Children’s Hospital) and Hants County

Cape Breton County, Northern and Central Inverness County and Victoria County
Guysborough, Antigonish and Richmond Counties and the southern portion of Inverness County

Colchester County and Municipality of East Hants
Cumberland County
Pictou County

Annapolis and Kings Counties
Digby, Shelburne and Yarmouth Counties
Lunenburg and Queens Counties