Background on Wellness and Poverty Work in the Central Okanagan
In 2017, the Central Okanagan Poverty Reduction Committee (COPRC) was established with the goal of developing a regional poverty reduction strategy with an upstream focus. Supported by funding from the Vancouver Foundation and the Central Okanagan Early Years Partnership, the committee set the stage for a community-driven, regional approach to addressing poverty. The COPRC gathered insights from families with lived experience of poverty, provided a systems planning workshop and developed a work plan to guide strategy development. They also acquired funding for a Community Wellness Analysis in 2020, informed by lived experience and engagement from stakeholders across the region.
This analysis has provided key insights and baseline data about wellness and poverty in the region and served as a launching point to the development of a Central Okanagan Wellness and Poverty Strategy.
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