Starting from a population health approach, this project worked with communities in western Nova Scotia to improve the health of their children and youth. With support from the Sharing Strengths project, Community Health Boards (CHBs) and local organizations identified existing resources, defined priorities, and developed strategies for action. This project provided logistical support for initiatives aimed at promoting physical activity for young people and emphasized the contribution of skilled and educated leaders to community capacity. Sharing Strengths also helped found a working group (with representation from government, non-governmental sectors, justice, recreation, and so on) to identify and address child and youth issues. The project participated in the development of an integrated database that will establish a baseline measurement of child and youth health in the region and thus allow the monitoring of changes in health indicators. Researchers also began to develop ways of measuring changes in community capacity building and resiliency.
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.