There are six Community Health Advisory Councils representing areas across the Winnipeg health region.
The role of the Councils
The Councils are advisory to the Board of Winnipeg Regional Health Authority (WRHA) and provide an on-going opportunity for community members to share their thoughts about and provide suggestions to address important issues that impact the health of Winnipeg communities. Between September and May, members of the Councils meet to explore at least two topics. The WRHA Board, with input from members of the Councils, chooses topics that the Councils are asked to explore. Discussion from the meetings is included in reports that are presented to the Board and members of senior management and then made available to the public.
Membership of the Councils
Community Health Advisory Councils are advisory groups made up of community and board members from health organizations - like hospitals, personal care homes, and community health agencies. Each Council has between 11 and 15 members who are appointed by the WRHA Board. Non-voting members include a WRHA Board member and a WRHA staff person that is able to provide information and answer questions about health and social services that are delivered in their community area.
CHAC Terms of Reference
CHAC Orientation Manual
Topics that the Councils explore
The Community Health Advisory Councils have explored a wide range of topics in the past five years. If you are interested in taking a look at the work of the Councils they are available below:
View CHAC Council Reports
Are you interested in getting involved?
We are looking for people who have a broad interest in health and the factors that impact on the health of communities. We work to put together Councils that are reflective of the communities they represent.
We are looking for people:
- From a wide range of employment backgrounds (including people who aren’t working and students) and of different ages, cultural backgrounds, and perspectives.
- We hope to find community members who know their communities, are interested in working with others, and have some experience working as part of a group.
Council members volunteer for terms that are 3 years in length. At minimum, each Council will meet 6 times per year, between September and May.
Councils usually meet between 5:30 and 8:00pm, sharing dinner first. These are unpaid positions, but childcare and parking costs will be reimbursed.
Want to apply?
You can apply online (see below) or contact Colleen at 204-940-8569 to have a package mailed to you. We will contact you when we receive your application. Everyone who applies will be interviewed and interviews will be scheduled for April to June of 2014 for terms beginning September 2014.
The deadline for applications is Friday, April 4, 2014.
English application form
French application form
If you would like to learn more about the Mental Health Advisory Councils, or would like to apply for membership, please click here.
Interested in getting more information?
If you have questions, or would like more information about Community Health Advisory Councils, please contact:
Manager, Community Health Advisory Councils