Media Advisory about Co-op Launch today!

Just released by Simon Fraser University!
Advisory: New co-op to be “a force for good health”


Paola Ardiles, an SFU lecturer in health sciences created Bridge for Health as a Vancouver-based volunteer network to promote citizen engagement in health. Enabling people to have more control over the conditions that impact their health is the impetus for turning the network into a social enterprise. The launch of B.C.’s new Bridge for Health Co-op takes place on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in Vancouver.

The goal of Bridge for Health is to work with community organizations and businesses to co-design healthy social and built environments that promote wellbeing. Bridge for Health Innovation Labs aim to get at the root cause of illness in order to reduce stress and burn-out, which is causing huge social and economic impacts in the workplace.

Since its inception three years ago Bridge for Health has reached people across Canada and abroad and is evolving into an incubator of social innovation in health, with empowerment and community engagement at its core. A number of SFU students are also involved.

The co-operative model resulted from Ardiles’ consultations with the health, business and NGO sectors, and she says it’s an example of using innovative business models “as a force for good health.” Co-ops promote inclusiveness, collective leadership and shared ownership, all concepts core to promoting health and wellbeing.

The new B.C. Co-op will focus on social innovation research and consulting. The launch party will include a talk with best-selling author, physician and SFU alumnus Dr. Gabor Maté.

What: Party for Bridge for Health’s co-operative launch

When: Wednesday, September 28 at 6:45-9 pm

Where: Centre for Peace, 1806 W 15th Avenue, Vancouver

Who: the general public is welcome

More information and purchase tickets here.


The 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion-PEI

Bridge for Health is a proud partner of this event!

The 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion, in PEI, Canada, October 16-17, 2016 (CNW Group/The Quaich Inc.)


CHARLOTTETOWN, June 13, 2016 /CNW/ – The 6th Global Forum on Health Promotion, October 16-17 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, will highlight the strategies and achievements of communities, organizations and health promotion leaders working locally to achieve global impact. Organized by a team of international and Canadian health promotion organizations, including the Alliance for Health Promotion (Geneva), The Quaich (Charlottetown) and Groupe entreprises en santé (Montreal), the theme of the 6th Global Forum is Health Promotion ~ At the Very Heart of Sustainability.

Central to the 6th Global Forum’s programming are the five principles of the Ottawa Charter, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. In 2015, world leaders at the UN Sustainable Development Summit adopted the 17 Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Although 15 years is a short time to achieve these goals, huge strides are being made through civil society initiatives in health promotion. And the impact is both local and global.

Gabriella Sozanski, coordinator with the Alliance, looks forward to welcoming international delegates in Charlottetown, alongside the Forum’s Canadian hosts: “The Global Forum is known for uniting community and government leaders, policy makers, researchers and practitioners from across sectors to share knowledge and build partnerships. Hosting the Forum in Canada in 2016 will bring a new dimension to our discussions and strengthen connections among health promotion leaders in Canada and abroad.”

Preliminary program highlights include keynote speaker Zsuzsanna Jakab from WHO Europe, as well as invited speakers who are trailblazers in the field of health promotion. Participants will take part in the creation of the PEI Declaration, a declaration calling for increased investment in health promotion to be submitted to the WHO’s 9th Global Conference on Health Promotion in Shanghai in November.

The 6th Global Forum is an initiative of the Alliance for Health Promotion, an NGO in official relations with the WHO that works to bridge the gap between international declarations and local realities. This is the first time the event is being held outside of Europe, and the Alliance is thrilled to be hosted by the Government of Prince Edward Island for the occasion, with PEI’s Department of Health and Wellness as an official sponsor.

To learn more about the Forum and to register, visit Early bird rates and student rates are available until June 30.


Innovation Labs in Small Businesses

Bridge for Health is piloting the Healthy Business Practice Framework to support the design of healthy workplaces, using systems thinking and a rapid prototyping model to spark some creativity to identify common wellbeing/health challenges and solutions in the workplace setting.

In partnership with Simon Fraser University-Faculty of Health Sciences, we are pleased to invite you to join us for an interactive workshop with Surrey Board of Trade to explore the barriers and opportunities faced by small businesses in BC.

Join us at our next event in Surrey on June 21, 2016! 

More info below:


sbot workshop

Youth Engagement Report

who 1Bridge for Health created the #EngagewithWHO social media campaign in September 2015 to hear voices from young people on how they would like to participate in global health policy development.

In conjunction with young people and the Public Health Association of BC, we have developed a report to share on:


Engaging the Leaders of Tomorrow: Briefing report on youth engagement for the

9th Global Conference on Health Promotion

October 31, 2015

You can download the PDF document in the link below:

Youth Engagement-9th GHPC

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