Imagine Lethbridge - Healthy Cities Forum. Live and Age Well. Expect More.

Imagine Lethbridge - Healthy Cities Forum. Live and Age Well. Expect More.

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Imagine Lethbridge Healthy Cities Forum: A Community Conversation to Begin to Make Lethbridge the Healthiest City in Canada.

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A virtual three day forum with guest speakers:

Dr. Trevor Hancock, Dr. Kim Raine and Joyce Tang

Join Healthy Lethbridge and the Alberta Health Services Design Lab Team to add your voice to make Lethbridge the Healthiest City in Canada. Our speakers will share their expertise to create a healthy city roadmap; a place where citizens can live, thrive and age well within the ecological constraints of the planet. The event will focus on prevention, promotion of a healthy lifestyle and pursuit of the optimal conditions for well-being.

Cities have the potential to be centres of innovation and progress, enabling citizens to live longer, fuller lives in their local environments. The forum will be an opportunity to create a roadmap to imagine the future to create, accelerate and sustain healthy-living environments for Lethbridge.

This event is funded by the Government of Canada's New Horizons for Seniors Program and presented by Healthy Lethbridge .

Day One:

Tuesday, May 24, 2022 with special guest, Dr. Trevor Hancock

“Healthy Lethbridge means healthy people in a healthy society on a healthy planet”

The concept of healthy communities has been around for centuries, but was given its modern form with the advent of WHO’s Healthy Cities initiative in 1986. From the outset it was clear that the health of the city's people requires healthy physical and social environments; community engagement and strong intersectoral partnerships; and public and private sector policies that create such conditions. Only then can people be expected to make healthy choices and be supported in leading healthy lives.

While these remain the basic requirements, much has changed since 1986. In particular, we have seen growing inequality, both globally and locally, which undermines people’s sense of wellbeing and can result in the ‘diseases of despair’. We have also seen a growing awareness of climate change and other massive and rapid global ecological changes that also threaten health, both globally and locally. If Lethbridge is to “achieve equitable health and social outcomes now and for future generations, without destroying the health of our planet”, it must address these challenges.

In this discussion I will discuss these challenges and suggest some of the ways in which cities can become healthy, just and sustainable ‘One Planet’ cities.


About The Speaker: Dr. Trevor Hancock

Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant. He ‘retired’ in 2018 from his role as Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. He is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement and co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment & the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care.

His recent focus has been the combination of his two main areas: The relationship between human health and the natural environment and linking the healthy and sustainable community approaches through the concept of a 'One Planet' region. In retirement he has started a new NGO, Conversations for a One Planet Region, to explore and popularize these ideas locally.

Day Two:

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 with special guest, Dr. Kim Raine

"Acting on Imagination -- Addressing the Challenges of Making Lethbridge the Healthiest Community"

Following on Dr. Hancock's call to action, if Lethbridge is to “achieve equitable health and social outcomes now and for future generations, without destroying the health of our planet”, it must address challenges. Building on the work of the Healthy Cities initiative, a variety of community-based health promotion projects throughout the world, including here in Alberta, have planted seeds for the type of broad-based, intersectoral collaborative action and healthy public policy change that creates supportive social and physical environments so essential to the health of a population. One of the biggest challenges is sustained commitment and effort to achieve an adequate "preventive dose". This presentation will share health promotion principles and lessons learned from those communities to help us move beyond imagination to action. What has worked well, in what contexts, and how? What will it take for Lethbridge's imagined future to come to fruition? What is your role in change?


About The Speaker: Dr. Kim Raine, PhD, RD, FCAHS

Dr. Kim Raine is Distinguished Professor in the School of Public Health, University of Alberta. She is a Registered Dietitian, and a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.

A pioneer in bringing social scientific concepts to the study of nutrition and health, her innovative research has shown dietary patterns as deeply contextualized practices embedded in complex food environments. Dr. Raine’s research led the way in demonstrating that the public’s health depends on improving food environments, making them important targets for intervention. Dr. Raine’s research focuses on social‐ecological health promotion, including demonstrating the potential of large‐scale population interventions at community and policy levels. Specifically, she led a 5-year community-university-government partnership called Healthy Alberta Communities. She currently co-leads the Alberta Policy Coalition for Chronic Disease Prevention and leads Alberta’s Nutrition Report Card on Food Environments for Children and Youth.

Dr. Raine held competitive career awards for 14 years, including an Applied Public Health Chair from CIHR. She has led research teams that have garnered over $20 million in funding; published nearly 200 peer‐reviewed papers in high‐impact journals; mentored over 60 MSc, PhD and postdoctoral research trainees; and influenced research strategies and policy development. Raine has used her leadership skills as member of the inaugural advisory board of CIHR’s Institute of Nutrition, Metabolism and Diabetes; Director of the Centre for Health Promotion Studies; President of the Alberta Public Health Association and as Associate Dean (Research) in the School of Public Health. In 2015, Dr. Raine received the Distinguished Lecturer Award from Obesity Canada and in 2020 she received the Ron Draper Health Promotion Award from the Canadian Public Health Association.

Day Three:

Thursday, May 26, 2022 with special guest, Joyce Tang

"Designing for healthy communities from policy to construction: lessons learned from City of Calgary programs"

To advance building healthy cities we need to consider various inputs and outputs. Applying evidenced based research in the connection between built environment and human health is critical to building inclusive and resilient communities. In this presentation Joyce will share a planning tool for decision making and the outcome of a cross collaborative approach to design and construction of the City of Calgary Main Street program and Eau Claire Improvement program.


About The Speaker: Joyce Tang, BES, MLA, MCIP, CSLA, ARCT, Program Manager, Founder of the HealthYYC Initiative, City of Calgary

Joyce is an urban planner and landscape architect by training who has always believed in the relationship between human health and the built environment. Building off her research during her graduate studies on the physiological health benefits of natural landscapes on elderly women she has since integrated and explored further benefits of the built form on building healthy and equitable communities for all.

Joyce currently manages the City of Calgary Centre City and Main Streets Implementation program, which brings planning policy in these strategic growth areas from concept design through to construction and activation. Within her work, she has developed metrics for measuring the return on investment that includes health impacts for the Main Streets program. She is the founder and Co-chair of HealthYYC Initiative which connects research, best practices and city building together with the goal to bring equity and health into the design and building of our communities. Her background in urban planning and landscape architecture provides the foundation for her work, however it is her integrated design approach rooted in evidence based solutions and focus on healthy places for all people that drives her everyday work.


Alberta Health Services Design Lab Team

Using a citizen-centered and co-creative approach for exploring possible futures, discussion groups are invited to imagine their city 30 years from now (being pragmatic of realities). By tapping into the lived experience and perspectives of citizens, residents, and communities, groups will speculate and identify the enabling conditions necessary to nurture and nourish their future visions. This innovative form of future citizens’ assembly is now being used in major cities like Kyoto and Japan’s ministry of finance, and is starting to be spread worldwide to countries such as Nepal, Bangladesh and Holland.

Inspire. Uplift. Evolve.

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