The Community Health & Wellbeing Project began in 2012 to build on the strengths of existing CRD services to contribute to a healthier, more equitable capital region. This Project has included the development of a Community Health & Wellbeing Plan for the region; delivery of workshops and the development of tools to help build capacity of local governments and community organizations; coordination of the Regional Outcomes Monitoring (ROM) Collaborative, and; the development of an online mapping resource to identify inequities in the region through the visualization of local data and community assets.
The Community Health & Wellbeing Project involves collaboration across sectors with a wide variety of organizations in the region. It is primarily funded by Island Health; other funders include the Victoria Foundation, CRD Traffic Safety Commission and the Union of BC Municipalities.
Regional Outcomes Monitoring Collaborative
The Regional Outcomes Monitoring (ROM) Collaborative is a voluntary multi-sectoral group working to inform community health and wellbeing policies, program planning and decision-making in the capital region through ongoing collection, consolidation and analysis of regional data. The ROM is operating as a Community Health Network (CHN) for the Capital Regional District. Membership currently includes the following agencies:
- Capital Regional District
- Capital Region Food & Agriculture Initiatives Roundtable
- Children’s Health Foundation of Vancouver Island
- Community Social Planning Council
- Greater Victoria Public Library
- Inter-Cultural Association
- Island Health
- University of Victoria
- United Way of Greater Victoria
This group works together to build healthy communities within the CRD through working on the social determinants of health through facilitating discussion, acting as a conduit for information, and acting as a catalyst for action. The ROM-CHN’s 10 goal areas are based on the social determinants of health, which include: Affordable, Accessible Housing, Economic Security, Food Security, Thriving Children & Youth, Lifelong Learning, Inclusive, Connected Communities, Healthy Safe Environments, Accessible Human Services, Connection to Arts & Culture, Recreation & Active Living.
The ROM-CHN’s priority areas for 2019 are: Affordable and Accessible Housing, Economic Security, Thriving Children and Youth, Food Security, and Healthy and Safe Environments. The group is working on developing knowledge translation tools (infographics) for four of these priority areas. This section will be updated as the infographics are finalized.
The CRD Community Map was created to help identify where diverse populations live in the region and what their level of access is to important community assets, including affordable transportation modes and community facilities. Local residents may be most interested in community facilities and transportation routes. Planners and service providers may also want to access population data to visualize where different population groups are living in the region and which facilities and community assets are near to them.