Public Health Association of Nova Scotia

About Us

PHANS mission is to:

  • Work towards a society that supports a broad vision of health for Nova Scotians by advocating for policy change.
  • Work towards enhancing the capacity of the public casino på svenska health workforce in Nova Scotia by providing networking and educational opportunities.


PHANS Memorandum of Association

PHANS Vision

The Public Health Association of Nova Scotia believes that public health is a product of a healthy community, a healthy environment, and a healthy economy. Each of us has a role to play in making public health a fact of life in Nova Scotia.

A Healthy Community

healthy community A healthy community offers supportive and rewarding social and educational structures, which enable its members to live together harmoniously as a group and interact constructively as individuals. A healthy community offers opportunities for its members to participate in open and inclusive planning, evaluation and decision-making.

A Healthy Environment

healthy environment A healthy environment supports human life and is in balance with all the species that make up our ecosystem. A healthy environment is supported by activities, including economic activity, that keep the environment healthy for the long term so that it can meet the needs of both present and future generations.

A Healthy Economy

healthy economyStudies have shown that health is related to wealth. A healthy economy is prosperous enough to allow everyone's basic needs for health to be met. In a healthy economy, economic activity is distributed equitably throughout the community, so that everyone has an opportunity to be healthy.

PHANS Values

1. Our vision of health is one that promotes people's capacity to function optimally and achieve well-being.

2. We define a community as a collection of people who share important features of their lives. We believe that community health encompasses traditional public health and the commitment to consult and respond to community concerns and issues.

3. We believe that public policies are among the most important determinants of health because of their impact on all aspects of well-being.

4. We believe that policy change is effected through individual action, education, advocacy, collaboration, partnership and research.

PHANS Commitment

PHANS envisions public health as an integral part of the process of planning, evaluation, service delivery and decision making in all sectors affecting our health, including a reformed health system. Each of us has a role to play in making public health a fact of life in Nova Scotia. This depends on communities and individuals taking responsibility for working together.

PHANS is committed to building public health capacity and making progress on the determinants of health. The membership uses the Public Health Capacity Framework and the Nova Scotia Accountability Framework as its lens for planning and monitoring progress.

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Board of Directors

  • Elected at annual meeting
  • Multidisciplinary
  • Province wide representation
  • Operates according to by-laws approved by general membership.


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