Community Counts has been building health profiles over the past 5 years in collaboration with District Health Authorities, Community Health Boards, and the Department of Health and Wellness. Community Counts Health Profiles were released in 2012 and have recently been updated with new data. (See Health Policy View)
Three DHAs in western Nova Scotia (Annapolis Valley, South West, South Shore) have developed their own Community Health Profiles, using much of the data from Community Counts and adding local information in areas reflecting local needs and priorities. Their vision for these community health profiles is that they “tell a story that is rooted in our communities and will stimulate new conversations both within the health care system and the broader community around current and emerging population health issues.”
You can find the Community Health Profiles here:
Understanding Our Health: Community Health Profile 2013 (South Shore Health)
Understanding Our Health: Community Health Profile 2013 (South West Health)
Understanding Our Health: Community Health Profile 2013 (Annapolis Valley Health)
We are working together with the DHAs to deliver training to staff, volunteers and community partners on how to use these profiles for community health planning and building healthy communities.