Community Health Board Member Position Description
Community Health Boards (CHBs) recognize that health is more than simply health care. Therefore, CHBs are committed to working within a health promotion approach to improve the health of our communities. This approach looks at people and situations more broadly. Community Health Boards recognize the many influences on our health (known as the social determinants of health) and realize that health is not merely being free from disease.
Community Health Boards work to support the vision of the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA), “Healthy people, healthy communities – for generations,” and share its mission, “Working together to achieve excellence in health, healing, and learning.” Community Health Boards advise the NSHA on local perspectives, trends, issues, and priorities through their community health and public engagement plans. They contribute to health system accountability by facilitating an exchange of information and feedback between the community and the NSHA.
Community Health Board members are community-minded individuals who reside in the area served by the CHB, and who demonstrate core competencies that enable the achievement of the vision of the NSHA.
The role of CHBs is defined by the Health Authorities Act, effective October 2014. Full CHB Board Member Position Description
There are several sub-committees acting under the guidance of the CHBs, including:
- Executive Committee
- Recruitment/Membership committees
- Community Consultation Committee
- Wellness Initiative Funds
- Active Kids, Healthy Kids
As well as individual board endeavors.