Trail City Council is the first local government in the region to formally adopt the Lower Columbia Healthy Communities Plan (LCHCP).
The LCHCP, made possible through the PlanH Healthy Communities Capacity Building Fund, was developed to increase awareness of the great work being done throughout the Lower Columbia region by organizations that all share the goal of, and have part in, creating healthy communities. As the first to adopt the plan, Trail Council will become a leader in this work by using the LCHCP as a decision making tool for the Trail Parks and Recreation Department and other City initiatives.
“The goal now is to encourage other municipalities in the region to adopt the plan in order to unite the region under the shared value of creating healthy communities,” said Trisha Davison, Director of Trail Parks and Recreation. “We’re very pleased that elected officials from most municipalities participated in this project from the outset as local governments have a significant role in developing, implementing and/or supporting policy that supports the health and well-being of its citizens.”
Five key stakeholders (Interior Health Authority, Family Action Network, Healthy Schools, Columbia Basin Alliance for Literacy and the City of Trail) initiated the project in 2016. The key outcomes of this project included: developing and/or strengthening community partnerships within the Lower Columbia region; learning about the conditions that improve health and well-being; and, collaboratively identifying and planning to address local health and well-being priorities. Over the past 18 months, over 40 stakeholders from the Lower Columbia, who already had a mandate to build healthy communities, attended three workshops to develop the final document.
“The plan is available to anyone,” concluded Davison. “We hope it is circulated to as many people and organizations as possible so it can be used as a framework to support and build healthy lifestyles, schools and communities.”