As we continue to witness the impacts of COVID-19 on BC families and communities, we can see how important social relationships can be to the success of public health measures. So how can communities be more socially connected?
In partnership with health authorities and local government planners, the British Columbia Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) has developed a conceptual framework to summarize the most influential aspects of the social environment, which promote community well-being and social connectedness. Following a two-year review study, they are now in the final stages of synthesizing over 2000 research associations and expert feedback supporting relationships between social connectivity and 10 local area assets such as civic engagement, housing, transportation, food systems, natural environments, local economies, and recreation.
In this "soft launch" webinar, hosted by BC Healthy Communities Society, Charito Gailing and Tannis Cheadle will walk us through the draft framework and its ten features of a healthy social environment.
The final framework and full report will be released in February 2021.