We live, work and play on the traditional territories of the Lkwungen (Esquimalt and Songhees), Malahat, Pacheedaht, Scia’new, T’Sou-ke and W̱SÁNEĆ, (Pauquachin, Tsartlip, Tsawout, Tseycum) peoples.
With the recent closure of the Child and Youth Health Network of the Capital Region of BC (C&YHN), those who were involved are offering an overview of its achievements and lessons learned for new groups who undertake similar collaborative work.
Since 2013, the Child and Youth Health Network has:
- Brought leaders from across community groups, organizations and systems that work with children and youth together to explore a multi-sectoral approach to addressing issues;
- Engaged a broad cross-section of community, with over 200 members involved in C&YHN events;
- Obtained financial support from a number of community and government funders;
- Created a Measures of Connectedness report, in collaboration with experts in the field of child and youth development, and
- Launched four projects that promoted youth connectedness to family, peers, community and school.
Formed in 2013, the Child and Youth Health Network (C&YHN) came together as a multi-stakeholder collaborative composed of community organizations, municipal and provincial representatives, the Capital Regional District, and Island Health.
The C&YHN emerged out of extensive discussion and consultations with service delivery organizations, health practitioners, front-line staff working with children and youth, systems leaders, parents, children and youth who voiced the critical need for a comprehensive approach to the health and well-being of children and youth. Coming together as a large multi-sectoral initiative, the C&YHN aimed to work differently together to improve health outcomes.
The accomplishments of the C&YHN are many.
The C&YHN hosted large network education and planning sessions; developed the measures of connectedness; produced literature reviews that provided relevant information to our community; brought together groups that haven’t traditionally connected; identified a strong
community need for connectedness; and unleashed our community’s commitment and desire to do better together for children and youth.
Over time it became increasingly evident that for a multi-stakeholder network to be successful, a commitment of coordination resources is necessary.
A consensus decision was made at a C&YHN planning meeting March 18, 2018 to wrap up the work of the C&YHN, and to produce a final report on successes and lessons learned, with recommendations for those who undertake similar collaborative efforts in the future.
The final report includes a lengthy appendices of documents that are also available on this site.
You can view the Connectedness Project Final (PowerPoint) report, newsletters, and other C&YHN documents in the Archives section of this site.
In addition, the C&YHN is available to respond to your questions through the Contact Us link.
We would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the passionate and dedicated participants in the Child and Youth Health Network. We have come to appreciate the commitment of our community to work together differently to improve the health outcomes for children and youth.
VISION: Communities supporting healthy kids, growing into healthy adults, raising healthy kids.
MISSION: The Child and Youth Health Network aligns to ensure children and youth in the Capital Region thrive.
The following funders supported the network: