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Residents of northern B.C. willing to learn more about their own health, now have another tool to do so.

 

A new resource on the Northern Health website is now available to those interested in informing themselves on factors that influence the health of residents of northern B.C.

The Community Health Information Portal, (CHIP), is a public health database. CHIP includes a wide range of information and statistics on factors that determine whether a person is healthy; referred to as “determinants of health.”

CHIP’s purpose is to bring together information on factors such as living conditions, income, employment, education, food and personal behavior. Another important piece of information it provides is the ability to access high-quality integrated health care services.

Some examples of what the website can provide include detailed profiles of 36 northern B.C communities, involving many First Nations communities, projections in ways northerners can develop cancer and statistics on injury and hospitalization.

Dr. David Bowering, Northern Health’s chief medical health officer, believes that “real improvements in community health require partnership between people working in a variety of sectors.” Bowering furthers his point by expressing that “access to good information is an important component to effective collaboration.”

The Community Health Information Portal can be found at www.northernhealth.ca , by clicking on the CHIP link and anyone interested is welcome to explore it.

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