Alberni Clayoquot
Health Network

Healthy and Connected People and Places

Helping You Through All Life’s Stages

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0-6

The early years of a person’s life, in the womb to age 6, are important development years which can set the stage for lifelong health.

  • Family support
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Healthy community and supports
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7-18

The school aged years are a time of increased social pressure and a number of transitions in the school and the community environments.

  • Transition supports
  • Access to recreation, education and role models
  • Healthy family and/or community supports
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19-25

Young adults are entering the work force, pursuing post-secondary education, moving out on their own and venture into the adult world.

  • Access to education and employment
  • Healthy peer and community support for transitions and life style
  • Affordable access to basic needs
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26-40

Adults in their late twenties to forties are often completing post-secondary education, attempting to advance or begin careers, purchase property or start a family.

  • Access to basic needs – housing, food, health services, transportation
  • Social, recreation and community supports
  • Employment and opportunities for growth
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41-65

Adults in their prime income earning years are often raising a family, seeing children move out and have families of their own, advancing in their careers and potentially retiring.

  • Access to basic needs – housing, food, health services, transportation
  • Social, recreation and community supports
  • Employment and opportunities for growth
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65+

Later years of an individual’s life are often characterized by retirement, grandchildren and general slowing down.

  • Access to basic needs – housing, food, health services, transportation
  • Social, recreation and community support
  • Employment and opportunities for growth

What We Need To Be Healthy

Our individual and community health are intertwined. Relying on a complex relationship between genetics, personal choices, environment, social supports and opportunities.  Emphasis for health is at times focused on our genetics and personal choices in health but research shows that the factors that affect our health outcomes the most are economic and social conditions such as education, employment, income, food, housing, family and social supports, access to transportation and other aspects of living in a community. As we move through our life these conditions effect our health and development in both positive and negative ways.

The ACHN is working to raise awareness of the connections between our health and community. This site is aimed at informing you about our work and connecting you with information and resources to build health in yourself, family and community.