The PPH surveillance team engages in the collection, analysis, interpretation, and dissemination of data about health status, chronic diseases as well as their protective and risk factors among British Columbians.
The team works closely with the Ministry of Health, PHSA agencies, the BC Observatory for Population and Public Health, regional health authorities, and universities, aiming to enhance provincial surveillance capacity through collaboration and partnership.
Through a range of projects, surveillance activities support all PPH initiatives such as promoting health equity and healthy weights, food security, and Healthy Families BC (HFBC). The surveillance team is also leading the evaluation of two provincial HFBC initiatives: Healthy Communities and Healthy Schools. The surveillance team is working on expanding the data access and their linkages from the Ministry of Health and the PHSA agencies for enhancing the chronic disease surveillance system in the province. This initiative also supports the data needs of PHSA agencies and programs including the BC Observatory for Population and Public Health.