Planning a Regional Health & Safety Institute

Planning a Regional Health & Safety Institute

Challenge:
In 1993, a needs assessment identified that Atlantic Canada was the only region in Canada without a summer training program for community health promoters; it also recognized that there were similar needs for training amongst those working in crime prevention through social development. Vision, funding, a shared planning framework, and commitment from health and justice sectors were essential.

Solution:
With funding from the National Crime Prevention Strategy, the first 'Atlantic Summer Institute on Healthy and Safe Communities' was held in August 2004. Using the Circle of Health as a framework, ASI focuses on creating capacity for collaborative action on underlying factors that impact the health and safety of communities. Institute programming is in its 12th year, demonstrating its success.

 

Contributor: Patsy Beattie-Huggan, The Quaich Inc.