Healthy Built Environment Forum Newsletter - February 2020

In late 2018, the NCCEH and BC Centre for Disease Control collaboratively launched the Healthy Built Environment Online Discussion Forum to support policy-makers, practitioners, and researchers who work in various areas of the built environment. Through this initiative we aim to:

  • Identify HBE initiatives and activities, and enable engagement in best practice and policy discussions;
  • Promote networking and collaboration among stakeholders across Canada;
  • Enable resource sharing and cross-sector learning opportunities;

This inaugural issue will highlight several forum sections and posts, new HBE resources, grants and funding opportunities, and upcoming events and webinars. Visit the forum through the link below! 

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Forum Highlights

Member Introductions

Read about some of the forum members and their work in healthy built environment. Connect with others across Canada who may be working on similar projects or have resources and information to share.

Read posts

Forum Champion Highlights

Champions across Canada were recruited to act as ambassadors and contributors for the forum. Champions meet bi-monthly to share insights and expertise, and help to provide guidance for this project. To date, 23 professionals spanning health, research, and local government have volunteered as forum champions. Read the highlights from three champions through the link below. If you are interested in joining this group, please contact us.

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Linking Design, Planning, and Health

The five physical features of the built environment have been identified as food systems, housing, natural environments, neighbourhood design, and transportation. Based on these physical features, the "Healthy Built Environment in Canada Discussions" section of the forum allow participants to ask questions, share information, and connect with other colleagues working in similar topic areas of the built environment. More topical sections may be added in the future. 

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Healthy Built Environment Webinar Series

Occuring on a monthly basis, these webinars feature a presentation followed by an expert-led discussion period on various built environment topics. Post-webinar discussions may continue on the forum. 

Upcoming webinars (more information and registrations are forthcoming). 

  • February 25: Local policies and food environments 
  • March 11: Linking climate change planning and municipal priorities 
  • March 17: Health equity and housing 

Click here to sign up for future webinar notifications.

See archived webinars



Healthy Built Environment Forum Evaluation Survey

Healthy Built Environments Toolkit Updated

  • An updated version of the “Healthy Built Environment Linkages Toolkit: making the links between design, planning and health” (Version 2.0) has been released. The HBE Linkages Toolkit synthesizes research and key messages to help describe how planning and design principles are linked to population health outcomes. The toolkit is broken into a full report and a two page summary.

Free Webinar Series from the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention (ACPPC)

  • The APCCP, the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association (AUMA) and Rural Municipalities of Alberta (RMA) are pleased to host a series of educational webinars on using policy to support community health and well-being. Policy topics explored during this series will include smoking and vaping, active travel, healthy eating, and a health-in-all-policies approach.

2020 British Columbia Poverty Reduction Planning & Action Program

The intent of the Poverty Reduction Planning & Action program is to support local governments in reducing poverty at the local level and to support the Province’s poverty reduction strategy. Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 program. The application deadline is February 28, 2020. Click here for more information. 

CIHR Institute of Population and Public Health (IPPH) Grant Opportunities

  • The CIHR IPPH is funding two opportunities related to their strategic plan through the Healthy Cities Research Initiative and Equitable AI priority areas. Application is due March 17, 2020Click here to see more information. 
  • The Healthy Cities Implementation Science Team Grants are anticipated in launch in the next few months. Click here for more information. Connect with other interested parties through the linkage tool

Upcoming Events





  • Local policies and food environments (registrations open soon)




  • Linking climate change planning and municipal priorities (registrations open soon)



  • Health equity and housing (registrations open soon)

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