Committee on Human Health and Well-Being Terms of Reference

The Committee on Human Health and Well-Being Terms of Reference is Approved by the CSLA Board

If you are interested in volunteering to participate in developing the strategies, below, please contact Michelle Legault, Executive Director, at executive-director@csla-aapc.ca

At its April, 2021, meeting, the CSLA Board adopted the Terms of Reference for the Committee on Human Health and Well-Being.

The objectives of the committee are to:

1. Advocate for and build awareness of the relationship between our profession and health by building a case for political engagement. Actions to be explored by the Committee include developing position and white papers, addressing matters of health and profession in the CSLA’s yearly budget brief to the standing committee on finance, seeking opportunities in government to weigh in on issues which affect human health and well-being nationally and expressing the inherent link between health and green outdoor spaces.

2. Explore the health of the profession from the perspective of our members who are both employers and employees with an emphasis on the mental health and well-being of the professionals: a) investigate and analyze the state of the profession from the employer/employee perspective and b) provide strategies and resources to improve the state of the profession on themes such as understanding what a toxic work environment is, your rights as an employee, your responsibilities as an employer, etc. Actions to be explored by the Committee include analyzing the latest CSLA compensation and benefits survey, undertaking a membership survey on workplace issues from the perspective of both employers and employees, sharing results with members and presenting a report or update as an annual / recurring mental health check-in with the profession, ensuring mental health acknowledgement is considered in everything we (CSLA) do, creating online toolkits, developing congress sessions and webinars, showcasing good management practices, providing training on management, leadership and team-building, and exploring the possibility of a nation-wide online mentorship platform. 

3. Create and promote resources to members which emphasize the importance of design on human health and well-being. Actions to be explored by the Committee include developing a National Design Standard, contributing relevant content to LP magazine, supporting research on the relationship between health and the profession and using that data as an advocacy tool, advocating at all levels for more green outdoor spaces in communities.

4. Develop formal, long-lasting partnerships with allied professions (health care, planning, architecture) to secure our position as stewards of the outdoor built environment and human engagement within it. Actions to be explored by the Committee include inviting public health professionals to speak at CSLA events, linking committees, sharing resources and inviting representatives from related professional associations.

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