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Position: Volunteer Community Health Board Member
Organization: Nova Scotia Health Authority
Location: Anywhere in Nova Scotia

Your local Community Health Board is accepting applications for volunteer members!

What is a Community Health Board (CHB)?

  • Community Health Boards are groups of volunteers from your community. They work together under a legislated mandate, to improve health & wellness where we live, work, play and learn.
  • an advisory board to the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA); they have a responsibility to ensure community voices are heard and community needs are considered in provincial health planning. They advise on local perspectives, trends, issues, and priorities.
  • There are 37 CHBs in NS.

What does a CHB do?

  • Community Health Boards gather ideas and share information about how to improve and promote health & wellness close to home. They focus on the many factors that affect health & wellness in our communities, including income, education and sense of belonging, among others.
  • They share what they have learned about your health & wellness priorities with Nova Scotia Health Authority, IWK Health Centre, and community groups.
  • Community Health Boards advocate for actions to promote and improve health & wellness based on what communities say is most important.
  • Guided by their Community Health Plans, they develop partnerships with local community groups and they award Wellness Fund grants to local community projects.

What Does a CHB NOT Do?

  • A CHB is an important advisory board. They are "non-governance" which means they do not govern or manage the delivery of health services, hire or supervise staff, hold funds in their own right, or resolve individual patient care concerns.
  • They focus on activities that make the community healthy.

What are the benefits of being a CHB Member?

  • Playing an active role in supporting the vision of the NSHA: "Healthy people, healthy communities - for generations".
  • Working with partners to support improvements to the Social Determinants of Health in their community.
  • Learning more about health processes such as community health planning and public engagement.
  • Developing a broad knowledge and understanding of community and organizations within it.
  • Developing new skills and learning about current health and wellness issues that affect the community.

What interests/experience/skills do you need to be a CHB member?

  • A member must be a resident of the area served by the CHB and have an active interest in the health and wellness of their community.
  • Demonstrate clear knowledge of community health and wellness issues or willingness to learn.
  • Interest in health promotion.
  • Awareness and consideration of the Social Determinants of Health.
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member to achieve shared goals as identified by the CHB plan(s).
  • Willingness and ability to commit the time necessary for the work of the board.

What is the time commitment?

  • Typically, members are expected to attend one meeting per month, approximately 1.5 to 2 hours in length, 10 months of the year (September to June).
  • Additional sub-committee work and meetings may be requested periodically.
  • CHB members are appointed for a term of up to three years, with a maximum of two three-year terms of service.
  • There will be many opportunities for participation in public engagement, health promotion, sub-committees.

What training and support is offered?

  • Members will participate in the established volunteer development and engagement process and receive an orientation binder at their first meeting with a formal orientation to the board in the first year.
  • Specific training for future roles is provided as they are assumed.
  • Ongoing support will be provided by the CHB Coordinator and the Executive committee.

What is expected of me as a CHB member?

  • Attend and actively participate in the meetings and affairs of the CHB.
  • Maintain a positive and collaborative working relationship both within the CHB and with the NSHA and other organizations and groups.
  • Capacity to look at all sides of an issue and render wise decisions.
  • Disclosure of any real or perceived conflict of interest.
  • Participation in annual self and board evaluation process.

Who are the CHBs and their members accountable to?

  • The Nova Scotia Health Authority (via the CHB coordinator and PECHBS team).
  • The communities served by the CHB.
  • The other members of the CHB.

How to apply:

Contact your local CHB Coordinator to apply as a volunteer. You can find contact information for each CHB here:

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Current status: Open/apply now.   Date publiée : Nov 23 2019    Numéro : 55227