Conference 2022 July update: Join us for “Our Planet, Our Health” Nov 9 & 10 in Victoria, early bird registration opens soon!

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About PHABC’s 2022 Conference

Public Health Association of BC (PHABC) is pleased to share this year’s conference topic: “Our Health, Our Planet: Creating Well-Being Societies and Making Peace with Nature.” The conference topic was inspired by recent WHO and UN initiatives, as well as the importance of recognizing the role Indigenous knowledge has in creating a healthy relationship between humans and the Earth.

There is urgency from globally and locally to focus on making peace with nature. According to the UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, “Humanity is waging war on nature. This is suicidal.” (December 2020). The UN 2021 report Making Peace with Nature further identified climate change, biodiversity loss and pollution as a “triple crisis” that threatens our well-being.

Creating well-being societies is dependent on making peace with nature and focusing on ecojustice and applying a eco-social approach to everything we do. The public health community has an opportunity here to weave eco-social approaches into their work to address both ecological and social injustices.

Creating a truly healthy public will only be possible if we work together to create healthy, sustainable and equitable communities.


Conference Goal

To bring together public health and other related professionals to work towards improving planetary health and creating well-being societies in ways that will enable progressive and effective policy changes and improve the lives of people and communities in BC and beyond.

Together we will explore the population health and health equity implications of global ecological changes (aka the Anthropocene) and identify innovative, effective societal and community level interventions.


Conference Themes and Structure

To invigorate public health practice, education and research towards a healthy, just and sustainable future. The conference plenary sessions will focus on four inter-related themes:

  1. Making Peace with Nature for Public Health
  2. Ecojustice/Eco-social Equity and Public Heath
  3. Well-being Societies
  4. Local (Practice) and Action

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Conference Promotions

Hotel Discounts: Conference attendees will receive discounts to partner hotels. Once registered, you will be provided with a discount code.

Volunteers: All volunteers will be provided FREE tickets to the event. For more information on volunteering, contact



Join PHABC’s Board of Directors

We’re looking for dedicated public health professionals to join our board for the 2022-2024 term. Help make a difference in the province by joining our board!

Nominations open August 2, deadline for applying is September 16.

Learn about what it means to be a board member and fill out the application. Learn More


Awards Nominations Open

Do you know someone or an organization in the public health community whose hard work & dedication deserves recognition? Nominate them for a PHABC award!

Check out the award categories & nominate today! Winners will be announced at the annual PHABC conference. Learn More


Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in becoming a sponsor for the conference? Contact us for more details regarding tiers, target audiences, and benefits. Email: