Health Profile FAQs
The Community Health Profiles are user-friendly resources that provide a picture of the population health status for 142 communities in the province of BC. Within the profiles you will find a set of community level data compiled from multiple sources:
- Demographics (age, population diversity)
- Factors that affect health (income, education, employment, affordable housing, active transportation, health services, social support, early childhood development, personal health practices and student health practices)
- Health status and chronic disease (life expectancy, maternal and infant health, injury, mental health, chronic disease)
- Community comparison to BC average
The profiles have been developed to support a broad range of stakeholders that are involved in community health planning and decision making. These stakeholders may include local governments, regional health authorities, school districts, non-government organizations, researchers, and other community stakeholders.
The information in the profiles is meant to be a conversation starter among health authorities, local governments and community organizations to inform health and wellness planning and priority setting. For preparing documents or presentations supporting community health, you can copy (screen shot) and paste profile content, such as visual tables and charts. Alternatively, downloadable CSV files allow for access to, and further analysis of, the raw data within the profiles.
Data within the profiles has been compiled from multiple sources. Please refer to Data sources for a complete list of data sources.
Yes, you will find download links in the right side navigation bar within each profile page. You can either download your full profile in PDF format or download just the data as a CSV (Excel) file.
The profiles are updated every few years with newly available data. Previous versions are archived as a reference for changes over time.
Profiles have been developed for communities where sufficient community level data is available. Some small communities do not have sufficient data to support a full profile at this time. As new data becomes available, the profiles are regularly reviewed, and new ones are created where possible. Please note that in some cases our team may be able to support individual data requests for specific indicators. If you would like to request data for a specific indicator please contact us.
BC Community Health Profiles available for the communities in the Vancouver Coastal Health region, listed above, are intended to complement the My Health My Community (MHMC) Profiles and Atlas. MHMC is a partnership between VCH, FH and the University of British Columbia (UBC) Faculty of Medicine’s eHealth Strategy Office. Local governments, community groups, health authorities and any others can use the information at the community and neighbourhood levels to ensure that planning and service delivery is relevant to resident needs.