Healthy Communities

At EPI, we know that community planning decisions are closely connected to the health and wellness of residents. To help our clients build healthier, more livable communities, our firm brings expertise in:

• Health impact assessment
• Healthy community design
• Policy development
• Active living
• Active transportation
• Health equity
• The social determinants of health
• Indigenous health and wellness
• Training and capacity building
• Research and resource development (e.g., guidebooks, training materials, toolkits, factsheets)

To view our Health Impact Assessment brochure, click here.


Training:
 Interested in training or capacity building? Contact us.

Our Approach

Driven by Community Values: Every community is different. We start by listening to community members to find out what is important. Then, we use the values that we identify through this process as a framework to prioritize actions that are appropriate, feasible, and broadly supported. 

Based on Local Knowledge: We work with local people who know their communities and regions and are well positioned to generate practical ideas that make the best use of local assets. We then tap into, organize, and evaluate this local knowledge, using methods and tools from structured decision making to focus investment and energy where it will have the strongest impact.

Expert Supported: We step in where expertise is needed by providing rigorous analysis, cutting-edge research, innovative ideas and over 20 years of experience in the field. We have found that top-down, expert-directed planning approaches work only in unique circumstances and typically do not produce the results communities and clients need for success.

Pragmatic and Effective: Great strategies are strategies that get implemented. We hate to see strategies that are nothing more than laundry lists gathering dust on a shelf. Our approach ensures that the people who will be implementing the plan are involved throughout its development, and that the plan lay out the implementation architecture (i.e., who will be doing what, when). We can also provide supplementary services during implementation, such as project management and coaching. We call this “surge capacity”.

Guidebooks, Toolkits and Publications

Climate Change and Health Fact Sheet Series
Climate Action Secretariat, Province of British Columbia

Health Impact Assessment of Transportation and Land Use Planning Activities Guidebook
Metro Vancouver

Healthy Communities Legislative Comparison Survey Report
Canadian Institute of Planners, Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Initiative (Coalitions Linking Action Science for Prevention)

Planning Healthy Communities Fact Sheet Series
Canadian Institute of Planners, Healthy Canada by Design CLASP Initiative (Coalitions Linking Action Science for Prevention)

Active Transportation in Canada: A Resource and Planning Guide
Transport Canada

Shaping Active, Healthy Communities: Community Leaders Guide
Heart and Stroke Foundation 

B.E.A.T. (Built Environment and Active Transportation) Neighbourhood Assessment Tool
British Columbia Recreation and Parks Association

Awards

Health Impact Assessment of Transportation and Land Use Activities Guidebook
2016 Planning Institute of British Columbia Silver Award for Excellence in Research and New Directions in Planning