Re-Imagining Health Services: Innovations in Community Health Conference

November 6 to 8, 2008 (Vancouver, BC)


The Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives-BC and Simon Fraser University’s Economic Security Project, along with SFU's Faculty of Health Sciences and UBC's Department of Family Practice and the Western Regional Training Centre for Health Services Research are hosting a conference on community health care solutions and innovations titled Re-Imagining Health Services: Innovations in Community Health.


About the conference

Canadians hear a lot about crisis in our health care system — but we rarely hear about solutions. This conference will explore how community health care can:


  • Take pressure off hospitals;
  • Allow people to manage their health while living at home and in their own communities;
  • Improve the health of vulnerable groups, such as frail seniors, people living with mental illness, and people with disabilities or chronic conditions; and
  • Address the socio-economic determinants of health.


The community health sector includes primary health care, community mental health services, residential care, home support, home care, and health promotion.


The conference will highlight positive examples from BC and elsewhere of small and large-scale models for delivering community health services. We will also bring evidence from research and practice together to create a better understanding of how to achieve positive change in the community health sector.


Academic and community-based researchers, community groups, health service providers, health professionals, health authorities, labour organizations, policy-makers and students are all invited to attend.


For more information about the conference, fees, and to register, please visit the conference website at: