Heart, Health,‘Hood is an inter-sectoral program addressing isolation, health, engagement of marginalized & underserved individuals (immigrants, refugees, people with disabilities, seniors). It reduces barriers of exclusion through connection, collaboration, education, engagement. Social determinants of health are discussed & acted upon through dialogue, resource sharing, interactive lessons, goal setting, small project design & delivery. This innovation builds a vibrant community through development of personal health/financial/community goals, & a subsequent project where participants work together to improve their own, & the community’s health.
Component (1): [‘HEART’: participant-focused health knowledge]; BCIT student nurses facilitate cross-cultural health activities, dialogue, & group learning that puts issues affecting marginalized groups at the forefront. Participants choose relevant topics that shape the program & set goals for personal & collective health.
Component (2): [‘HEALTH’: employment/financial empowerment]; Vancity staff share tools for employment/financial wellbeing/volunteering. Participants develop goal–setting action plans & best practices for financial security, employment, volunteering.
Component (3): [‘HOOD’ projects that care for community]. Participants review action plans & choose a project to collaborate & mentor each other on, through application & delivery of a neighbourhood small grant focused on a social determinant of health.