Healthy Christchurch is a CDHB led intersectorial initiative consisting of a network of over 200 very diverse organisations with three things in common :
- They provide services to people living in Christchurch.
- They signed the Healthy Christchurch Charter in which they agree to 'work together to promote, protect and improve the health and wellbeing of the people of Christchurch'.
- In late 2005 they agreed to focus on two priorities in the short-medium term:
- to improve the physical activity and nutrition of people living in Christchurch, and
- to reduce the health inequalities in Christchurch by working to improve the health status of those who are worse off.
Healthy Christchurch aims to:
- Forge a common vision for a healthy city.
- Foster healthy relationships between diverse agencies and sectors in Christchurch, from 'grassroots' groups to government agencies.
- Enable flexible, collaborative and prompt responses to emergent health issues.
- Ensure all policy incorporates a health perspective.
The initiative recognises that all sectors and groups have a role to play in creating a healthy city, whether their specific focus is recreation, employment, youth, transport or any other aspect of city life.
The Champions are the strategic drivers. They provide endorsement and mana. They act as advocates and spokespeople, and support collaboration.
Signatories guide the Healthy Christchurch priorities. They are in touch with local communities, operate according to the Healthy Christchurch Charter, and initiate and support a variety of activities.
The Advisory Group is the key link to the Support Team and the Champions. This group is made up of representatives from organisations of influence.
The Support Team is the resource that makes things happen and is based at the Canterbury District Health Board.