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 – Community Health Network

rom-wordmarkThe 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
  • FoodShare Network
  • Greater Victoria Public Library
  • Inter-Cultural Association
  • Island Health
  • Power To Be
  • Royal BC Museum
  • SD62 – Healthy Schools Healthy People
  • Seniors Serving Seniors
  • Together Against Poverty
  • United Way of Greater Victoria
  • University of Victoria
  • Victoria Disability Resource Centre
  • Victoria Native Friendship Centre

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  has developed a number of infographics and fact sheets to animate the data/indicators they have collected to date.  Here is a list of the infographics/fact sheets that have been developed through our Steering Committee and subgroups:

Community Map

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.