Welcome to the provincial website for the Nova Scotia Community Health Boards (CHBs).
The CHBs are a committed group of volunteers who are working together to improve the health of their communities. In total, we have 37 CHBs located across the Province of Nova Scotia. CHBs serve a vital role in the well-being of their communities, helping to support many community-based projects and partnerships. This includes providing grants to community-based groups to support projects focused on health promotion and the social determinants of health.
This website will provide you with more information about the CHBs—who they are and what they do, as well as information on many of their latest projects and initiatives, current health plans and health plan priorities, wellness fund information and information on how you can get involved with your local CHB.
While we continue to build this website and make the most up to date information available to you, we encourage you to contact your local CHB Coordinator for more information.
To find a CHB near you, click here.
Throughout the year, the CHBs undertake several projects and initiatives that support the implementation of their community health plans. Many of these projects and initiatives are in partnership with other local community groups and organizations.
Check out some of the great projects and initiatives below:
The Collaborative Community Health Plan Launch and Wellness Grant Showcase for the Community Health Boards (CHBs) of Along the Shore, South Colchester and Truro & Area was held in January 2017.
This event celebrated the launch of the health plan and invited various community groups to present an overview of their local projects funded by CHB Wellness Grants.
In March 2017, the Northside the Lakes Community Health Board met with Eskasoni First Nation residents and health professionals to hear about health issues impacting the Eskasoni community, share information with the community about the CHB and discuss how to best get members from the Eskasoni community involved with the CHB.
Lunenburg County Community Health Board Chairperson, Patricia Culbert, was honored to take part in the official opening of the new community trail at West Northfield Elementary School which coincided with the Terry Fox Run on September 29, 2016. This trail was one of 20 local projects funded in part by Lunenburg County CHB’s 2015-2016 Community Wellness Grant Program. The accessible trail will be an asset not only to the school but to the rural community as a whole.
CHBs are a network of more than 400 volunteers who are making a difference in their community. Learn more about who they are, why they volunteer and how they are making a difference.
Western Kings Community Health Board
Megan Gibson is a grade 11 student at West Kings District High School. Megan is 17 years old and in her second year as the youth member on the Western Kings Community Health Board.
Megan really enjoys being a member of the CHB because she loves being involved in her community. She enjoys learning about ways we can better the lives of everyone in her area and the ways CHBs can work towards creating a healthier Nova Scotia.
Her favorite part about being a CHB member is working with other like minded people to discuss the impact that health has on her community.
Besides being on the WK CHB, she is an active member of the Western Kings 4-H Club, Duke of Edinburgh Program and Me to We. Megan is a passionate traveler and became very interested in community health while she was working on a clean water project in Ecuador with the WE movement.
Central Kings Community Health Board
Laura Wilson joined the Central Kings Community Health Board in December, 2016. Laura is originally from a small town in New Brunswick, but attended Acadia University for her undergraduate degree and fell in love with the Annapolis Valley. After graduating as a Large Animal Veterinarian, she moved to Kentville in May of 2016. She is a new member of the Central Kings community and a very proud member of the agricultural community.
Laura applied to the Central Kings Community Health Board because she wanted to be involved with her community, to meet new people and to contribute to solving some of the ongoing issues in her area.
She enjoys looking at new ways of promoting and influencing health in her communities and has learned so much in the last few months about the needs in her area and the incredible ideas that community members come up with for making an impact where it is needed.
Truro & Area Community Health Board
When Rosemarie moved to Truro from Yarmouth, she brought her talents and willingness to help as well. As a retired health professional, she wanted to remain part of the movement to improve health. In her new community, she was already getting involved and attended an Alzheimer’s Educational Day and there learned more about the Truro & Area Community Health Board(CHB). She had always had an interest in community health board work and was interested in learning how community initiatives were addressing the Social Determinants of Health.