Island Health's Strategic Plan input



Island Health has begun work on their new Strategic Plan - Island Health 2018 - which will serve as the roadmap for what they want to achieve over the next five years. Their organization is now in a very different place from when they created their first Strategic Plan in 2005, and new opportunities and challenges abound. You can participate in the needed changes. See their information below.


The Island Health strategic plan sets the overall direction for future health service delivery as we work toward our vision of providing excellent care for everyone, everywhere, every time. We review and update the plan to reflect new data and emerging priorities. We also extend its scope to make sure we are always looking at least three years ahead.

Through November 2013, Island Health leadership will be visiting facilities in over 20 communities to meet with staff, physicians and the public, to hear your thoughts about the future of our organization.


Community Open Houses

We are hosting Community Open Houses for you to drop in and discuss our future. This consultation will help us create our new Strategic Plan. To find a Community Open House: check our online events calendar or

download a schedule: Community Open Houses - November 2013


Please come share your thoughts with us.

Island Health 2018 Backgrounder and Survey


We have created a Backgrounder Document - Planning for the Future Together which presents some current facts and figures about health on Vancouver Island, as well as the kinds of opportunities and challenges we see in front of us. It is meant to spark ideas and discussion that will contribute to our new strategic plan.


Island Health 2018 Backgrounder (PDF)


We also have an online survey for you to provide feedback to us. We would appreciate you taking ten minutes to share your thoughts on what is important to you and where we need to go over the next five years.


Complete the Island Health 2018 Consultation Survey


Current Strategic Plan


Five-Year Strategic Plan (PDF) July 2009


In 2005/06, we carried out a significant consultation process to make sure our plan reflects the communities, physicians, staff and the people we serve. Consultation Summary (PDF)






Residue of popular herbicide likely encourages illness


A chemical and food company wants us to believe that glysophate, a widely-used herbicide, is not only safe -it might be used to treat cancer!


How profitable, as it may also increase your risk for cancer.


Glysophate is considered to be toxic to animals, including humans. A study by two independent scientists, published in Entropy April 2013, connects the increasingly widespread use of glyphosate with modern diseases because of its "inhibition of cytochrome P450 (CYP) enzymes, an overlooked component of its toxicity to mammals. CYP enzymes play crucial roles in biology, one of which is to detoxify xenobiotics. Thus, glyphosate enhances the damaging effects of other food borne chemical residues and environmental toxins."


In other words, it slowly induces disease.


"Consequences are most of the diseases and conditions associated with a Western diet, which include gastrointestinal disorders, obesity, diabetes, heart disease, depression, autism, infertility, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease."


A copy of the whole report can be found under the link GMO's.


Conclusion: only eat organically grown food or foods known not to have been sprayed with Round-up Ready herbicide. Consider also helping your cells to repair from this damage by using Asea.






Ending the Junk Food Obsession

Eating healthy
Eating healthy

We all know that smoking tobacco is bad for our health. With both public pressure and far higher taxes, smoking is (thankfully) on the decline in Canada.


Now we are facing the crushing health effects of junk food and beverages. These are filled with bad fats, sugar, and salt -plus colorants in soft drinks. The results are alarming: rapidly rising rates of obsity, diabetes, heart conditions, cancer, and far more. Our health care system can't keep up. It turns out that a tobacco company is the largest junk food company! Even the most ardent libertarian (who dislikes government intervention in our lives) may have to concede that doing nothing about this epidemic is harming all of us.


Thus we may have to do the same thing with junk food and drinks as we did with tobacco: apply social pressure as well as add taxes. We know that banning didn't work with alcohol (and isn't working with street drugs). At least taxing these ills will raise money needed to pay for the freedom to eat and drink ourselves into oblivion. For more information read this Globe & Mail article.