Community Health Boards in northern Nova Scotia announce wellness funds recipients

Truro, N.S. – The ten Community Health Boards (CHBs) of the northern zone of Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) are pleased to announce that nearly $160,000 of funding has been provided to community projects that support local population health priorities.
 
Grants from the CHB wellness fund are awarded annually to non-profit organizations across the province that work to improve the health of their communities, based on priorities identified by CHBs.
 
CHBs in the northern zone include Along the Shore, Central and East Pictou, East Hants, North Shore Area, Pictou West, Springhill Oxford Amherst and Region, South Colchester, Southampton Parrsboro Advocate and Region, Truro and Area, and Wallace Wentworth Pugwash and Area.
 
CHBs of the northern zone have a shared Community Health Plan based on an extensive public engagement process.  
 
The top four priorities identified from the communities are: mental wellness and community belonging, thriving, affordable communities, environments that support healthy living, and connected, inclusive communities. 
 
CHB members look for projects that support one or more of these priorities among the wellness fund applications.  Each CHB has a celebration or cheque distribution in February or March. 
 
Projects receiving funding this year include: 
  • a creative writing program enabling youth along the North Shore to work with professional writers/creators, to develop their own voices and build a support network for the future,
  • a project in Millbrook about healing the intergenerational trauma created by residential schools,
  • an outdoor club giving elementary students in Amherst the opportunity to gain the perspective of being in nature and how it relates to self-regulation and social emotional learning.
 
For a complete list of recipients and to learn more about the wellness fund visit: https://www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca/wellness-funds.  
 
CHBs are often looking for new members to help fulfill our role, as well as new partnership opportunities. Contact information for your local CHB is available at www.communityhealthboards.ns.ca/find-your-chb.  
 
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Media contact:
Jimi Kaye, Manager, Public Engagement and Community Health Board Supports