Community Health Service Area
Health Profile (Version 1.0)
Community Health Service Areas (CHSAs) in British Columbia (B.C.) are administrative bounds nested within Local Health Areas (LHAs) as defined by the B.C. Ministry of Health. This CHSA health profile contains information about the community’s demographics, socio-economic and health/disease status as represented through various community health indicators. The purpose of CHSA health profiles is to help B.C.’s primary care network partners, public health professionals and community organizations better understand the health needs of a specific community and to provide evidence for service provisioning and prevention strategies.
Merritt (CHSA 1490) is 6,560 km² in size and is located in the central interior of British Columbia. It is comprised of the communities of Shulus, Merritt, Collettville, Aspen Grove, Quilchena, and Douglas Lake. First Nations communities include the following: Nooaitch, Coldwater, Lower Nicola, and Upper Nicola. Geographical features include the Nicola Plateau, Nicola River, and the Douglas Plateau