WHO WE ARE
Chilliwack Healthier Community (CHC) is a network of local partners focused on affordable/accessible housing, mental health, addictions, poverty reduction and cultural safety and humility. Partners include government, community agencies, law enforcement and business. See a complete list of partner agencies and organizations here.
Collaboration is the basic principle that guides the work of CHC. Fundamental to the success of how we work is the adoption of the additional principles of respect and inclusivity: respect for work that has gone before, and for the input and insight of community stakeholders, and the inclusion of as many sectors of the stakeholder community as possible. A fourth principle – action – is critical to moving all our projects forward. These four principles form the framework for our approach.
How we work
CHC operates using a constellation style of governance, whereby the core partners and several working groups provide high-level monitoring, oversight and mentoring to community satellite or constellation groups which act largely as self-directed implementation teams.
What We've Achieved To date:
- We've built a network of service providers. There are hundreds of people working in health and social services in Chilliwack, and for the past three years we've been creating a space for them to connect, know each other and what everyone does. One of the results of this is that we're better at making sure everyone gets the help they need. Another is that conversations on how we can work together are happening - this leads to innovative solutions to really complex issues.
- From 2014-2017 we hosted monthly CHC Information and Networking Breakfasts, and will continue to hold several of these each year through 2018-2020. At every event we have speakers share information about their programs, and we give participants the opportunity to meet and get to know each other. This has resulted in a highly engaged service provider community.
- Every week we send out an email to CHC Network members. This is our "weekly mail-out", and it's made up of all the email notifications members have sent to us throughout the week. Members look forward to this mail-out as a way to stay on top of the very latest developments.
- Over the years we've delivered many workshops, forums and trainings. These are focused on raising awareness, informing and educating service providers and the public.
- We set clear goals and objectives for ourselves, and measure our progress against them. The 2014-2017 CHC Strategic Action Plan has just been completed, with most of the goals and objectives being fully met. We have now begun to implement the 2018-2020 Plan.
- We deliver an annual forum. This is our chance to tell the wider community about the work we're doing, and to hear back from you.
The Chilliwack Healthier Community Strategic Action Planning project resulted as a ‘next step’ from a number of community consultation and planning initiatives undertaken between 2001 and 2009 aimed at addressing critical community social issues. The initiatives included:
- City of Chilliwack Downtown Social Issues Action Plan November 2001
- City of Chilliwack Downtown Neighbourhoods Strategic Plan January 2007
- The formation of the Chilliwack Social Issues Advisory Committee and the development of the Chilliwack Health and Social Development Network model (2008)
- The formation of the Healthier Community Partnership committee and the subsequent merging of the Healthier Community Partnership Committee with the Chilliwack Health and Social Development Network (2009).
This process involved several advisory committees and action plans that culminated in 2010 with a series of public forums, the outcomes of which were summarized in the Chilliwack Healthier Community Strategic Action Plan (CHCSAP). The first action that came out of this plan was the formation of a partnership group – Chilliwack Healthier Community (CHC) – with the purpose of bringing agencies and organizations together, to combine their efforts, expertise, knowledge and resources in order to tackle Chilliwack’s most complex social issues.
In its first year, this partnership established its structure, carried out its first collaborative projects, promoted the success of others, and delivered a forum series aimed at asking the community to define their highest priority issues, offer solutions, and help us to determine the next steps. We know that no one organization can address these issues, and that only by working together will we be successful in making Chilliwack a Healthier Community.