The majority of First Nations people in BC live in urban areas or away from home. However, mainstream health services are not always accessible due to systemic, institutional, clinical and individual barriers.
The document Closer to Home: Urban and Away-From-Home Health and Wellness Framework outlines high-level principles and strategic directions for expanding the scope and function of FNHA support for the urban and away-from-home population.
This page provides guidelines and tools for developing and submitting a community health and wellness plan.
Please note that the required content for a completed community health and wellness plan includes:
2. Health and Wellness Vision
3. Health and Wellness Context, Goals, Objectives and Initiatives
5. Health and Wellness Monitoring, Evaluation and Sharing Results
For sample contents, ideas and tips, please see Health and Wellness Planning: A Toolkit for BC First Nations (p. 68-87).
Please submit your completed plan to FNHA Community Development.
This fillable tool is intended to support the planning process by providing an outline of the five sections of a Community Health and Wellness Plan. You may wish to use this template when submitting your Community Health and Wellness Plan to the FNHA or use your own format.
Tips for submitting health and wellness plan content:
• You can submit separate documents, like budget spreadsheets or multimedia files (e.g., songs, images, etc.), as email attachments.
• If community-identified goals exceed the number of goals in the template, additional Goal/Objective/Initiative pages can be downloaded for use here.
If you require assistance in developing or submitting your plan, please contact us.
Health and Wellness Plan template
Extra template pages for additional goals, objectives and initiatives
Health and Wellness Planning: A Toolkit for BC First Nations supports all aspects of developing a Health and Wellness Plan.
Community leaders, health directors and staff working through the development of a health and wellness plan will find this toolkit useful and adaptable.
You can navigate to specific sections from the dynamic table of contents.
Or you can scroll down this page to find the activity you’re engaged in and click the related link. You’ll be taken directly to that section of the toolkit.
Planning Process and Wise Practices
Planning Reporting and Evaluation Standards (page 20)Planning Process (page 92)Celebrating Culture (page 102)
Plan Content – Overview (page 64)Plan Content – Detail by Section (page 68)
Begin Health and Wellness Planning
Getting Ready to Plan (page 66)
Celebrating Culture (page 102)Engagement and Communications Planning (page 104)Sample Engagement and Communications Plan (page 108)
Assemble a Planning Team and Build Plan SupportPlanning Mentorship (page 98)Planning Champions (page 100)Sample Approval Template (page 153)
Assess Current Health and Wellness Situation
Sample Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Challenges (SWOC) Analysis Template (page 116)Integrating Appreciative Inquiry (page 120)Health and Wellness Survey Considerations (page 128)Linking a Health and Wellness Plan to Other Plans (page 148)
Set Plan Goals
Developing Health and Wellness Goals, Objectives and Initiatives (page 134)Celebrating Culture (page 102)
Integrate Core Program Considerations
Enhancing Health Care Safety Standards (page 138)Communicable Disease Emergency Planning Considerations (page 142)Mental Health and Wellness Considerations (page 144)Sample Implementation Work Plan Tool (page 153)
Make a Monitoring and Evaluation Plan
Monitoring, Evaluation and Sharing Results (page 160)Sample Evaluation Table (page 165)Engagement and Communications Planning (page 104)
Coordinated planning is key to the success of the work ahead to improve the health and wellness of BC First Nations. The FNHA is leading or supporting planning processes at the organizational level (FNHA), as well as at regional and community levels. For the FNHA, this includes the annual Summary Service Plan, sets out our goals, outcomes, objectives, strategies, priorities and measures.
Moving forward, it's the health and wellness priorities of the regions that will increasingly drive the work of the health governance partners (the FNHA, the First Nations Health Council, the First Nations Health Directors Association and the Tripartite Committee on First Nations Health).
BC First Nations have called for the development of Regional Health and Wellness Plans to clearly identify their priorities. All five regions within BC have developed a Regional Health and Wellness Plan, and are utilizing these plans to guide their work with BC First Nations within their respective regions
Informed through regional processes, the FNHA works alongside the FNHC and FNHDA to achieve our Shared Vision of “Healthy, Self-Determining and Vibrant BC First Nations Children, Families and Communities,” and to pursue strong health partnerships and integration with federal and provincial governments.
Honouring the governance processes and standards that have led to the creation of this organization, the FNHA advances health system transformation and undertakes program and service delivery in a manner aligned with First Nations philosophies, perspectives and ways of being.