Community Profiles: Understanding Our Populations

Enlarge MapCapital Health has embarked on a journey to enhance coordination of community-based programs and services using a systems-level and population health approach. This has led to a philosophy of working in geographically coordinated Community Health Networks.

Five Community Health Networks across the district will serve as the foundation for planning and in the future, organize care delivery so that citizens will receive more coordinated and continuous care through a network model of community-based providers. The Community Health Network boundaries are aligned with the boundaries of the seven Community Health Boards. Building on the Population Health Status Report authored by Public Health (2013), Community Profiles have been developed for each Community Health Network.

The Community Profiles contain information regarding population demographics, health status, health services utilization and much more to increase awareness and better inform providers, planners and citizens about the health of our communities.

Developed by the Community Clinical Services/Health System Planning Steering Group, Capital Health (now known as Central Zone, Nova Scotia Health Authority), this version of the work is a technical planning document targeted toward planners and decision makers at Capital Health. These documents provide a template that allows programs and service planners to better understand our populations and in some cases, better understand how we are servicing them.

The next version of this information will be for our citizens (the public) and we have been engaging in conversations with citizens, Communith Health Board representatives and our community partners around the language, presentation and what information is most important for communities to know. A summary document will posted to this page this spring.

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