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Our Vision

The Comox Valley is a connected community of thriving people and places promoting health and wellness so all generations flourish.

Our Purpose

We are a community-driven network that facilitates collective action to positively impact the social determinants of health in the Comox Valley. We believe a healthy, sustainable, resilient community is a shared responsibility.

Our Values

Compassion and respect

We have compassion for all people with whom we interact and are mindful and respectful of differing perspectives.

Inclusion

We welcome the participation of everyone in the Comox Valley.

Diversity

We embrace diversity and listen to the unique needs of the varied people, cultures and communities in our region.

Connection, Collaboration and Sharing

We nurture relationships, connect people to each other, promote a culture of participation and sharing resources. Together we are better.

Learning

We share knowledge, listen to each other, explore new ideas and generate new understanding and solutions to build capacity and strengthen our community.

Innovation

We strive to find new and better ways to support health and wellness in our community

Cultural safety & Cultural Humility

We promote emotionally, spiritually, physically, and culturally safe environments and are open to everyone’s individual identity.

Accountability

We are responsible for the resources entrusted to us and strive for effective and efficient solutions and initiatives.

Equity

We recognize inequity affects health and strive to reduce social, political and financial inequities.

Our guiding principles

In all that we do, we:

  • Recognize that the Network exists within the unceded, traditional territory of K'ómoks First Nations. We strive to incorporate decolonizing work in our activities and find new and better ways to utilize traditional knowledge and collaborate, plan and work together.

  • Focus on improving the health and well-being across the lifespan of the entire population.

  • Address the determinants of health and issues of equity related to vulnerable populations.

  • Work together on changes that can only be accomplished through multiple groups collaborating.

  • Value all participants as important and equal voices in determining community priorities and actions.

  • Are transparent and utilize clear, accessible language to describe our work.

  • Work to break down barriers that interfere with individual and community collaboration.

  • Build on existing strengths, assets and opportunities in our region.

  • Use adaptive, responsive and solution-oriented approaches.

  • Are evidence-informed, balancing the best available data with local knowledge.

Network Participants

Participation in the Comox Valley Community Health Network is open to everyone within the Comox Valley Regional District boundaries. Perspectives sought include, but are not limited to:

  • People who live and/or work in the Comox Valley

  • Networks and Coalitions

  • First Nation Health Authority

  • K'ómoks First Nation Council

  • Other First Nation organizations

  • Multi-cultural groups

  • Representatives of specific population groups (e.g. early years, youth, seniors, elders, Métis, etc.)

  • Health and Human Service agencies and professionals

  • Non-profits and service groups

  • Island Health

  • Municipalities and Comox Valley Regional District

  • Government Ministries

  • School District #71, North Island College and other educational organizations

  • Economic development or business groups and owners

  • Spiritual groups

  • Royal Canadian Mounted Police

  • Comox Valley Division of Family Practice

  • Canadian Forces Base Comox

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Community engagement

The Network is committed to transparency and ongoing community engagement that may include, but is not limited to:

  • Community meetings at least twice a year that could include presentations or discussions on community health-related topics, guest speakers, reports on network activities, and opportunities for community participants to provide input into key priorities to address Social Determinants of Health.

  • Seeking community organizations or networks as partners for co-hosting network meetings.

  • Communicating through presentations, newsletters, Facebook, website and updates.

  • Partnering on community events and opportunities that align with identified network priorities.

  • Making meetings accessible by conference (webinar or teleconference) so people who cannot travel or be in large group settings can attend and participate.