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BC Community Health Atlas
A web-based interactive mapping tool that displays indicators of population health by geographic area. For additional information on this mapping tool, visit the BC Community Health Atlas page.

BC Community Health Data website 
The new BC Community Health Data website features three tools that help paint a picture of health in your community and across BC. You can:

  • Read your updated community health profile
  • Search the interactive database for health and social indicators of interest
  • Map these indicators across BC using the health atlas

Health and Human Services Library: British Columbia Ministry of Health Services
This site links to services available through the library: Collection, New Books, Journals, Bibliographies, Statistics, Databases, Quick Reference and other Health Links. Also links to other B.C. health/medical libraries.

Health: British Columbia Ministry of Health Services
This site provides links to information about the provincial health system and programs and services for Families, Children, Seniors, Women, Regional Health, Environmental Health and Vital Statistics.

Health Canada
Information related to all aspects of health and medicine in Canada, as well as links to other sites of interest.

HealthLink BC
HealthLink BC is the gateway to access non-emergency health information and services in British Columbia. Information contained in the HealthLink BC Health Navigation Service has been provided in partnership with the BC Health Authorities and Information Services Vancouver. It’s has brought together the BC HealthGuide, BC HealthFiles, BC NurseLine and Pharmacist service – and expanded these with an online and by-phone navigation service to help B.C. residents find the publicly funded health resources and facilities they require, closest to where they live.

Medical information provided by a network of physician educators dedicated to providing up-to-date information to the public. A to Z index for Diseases & Treatments and Pharmacy & Drugs. Also features an Ask the Experts question and answer service. Other links include Medical Dictionary, First Aid / Emergencies, Poison Control Centers, Medical News Archives and Health Fact Archives.

MEDLINEplus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MEDLINEplus brings together, by health topic, authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), other government, non-profit and other health related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MEDLINEplus and give easy access to the medical research literature. It also provides you with a database of full-text drug information and an illustrated medical encyclopedia.

Merck Manual of Medical Information -- Home edition
Written in plain English, this online version of the book provides information about diseases, diagnosis, prevention and treatment. Searchable via keyword or via the extensive Table of Contents. Very user friendly.

National Institutes of Health
The National Institutes of Health (NIH), a part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. This site offers a wealth of health information for consumers, including links to men's health, children & teen's health, women's health, senior's health, minority health, and wellness & lifestyle.

Be sure to visit their online publication NIH News in Health, a free monthly newsletter bringing you practical health information based on research from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). You may also wish to visit online NIH Research Matters, a review of NIH research from the Office of Communications and Public Liaison, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health.

Public Health Agency of Canada
The role of the Public Health Agency of Canada is to promote health, prevent and control chronic diseases and injuries, prevent and control infectious diseases, prepare for and respond to public health emergencies, serve as a central point for sharing Canada’s expertise with the rest of the world, apply international research and development to Canada’s public health programs, and strengthen intergovernmental collaboration on public health and facilitate national approaches to public health policy and planning.

RxList - The Internet Drug Index
Look up a drug and get the details on: clinical pharmacology, indications & usage, contraindications, warnings, precautions, drug interactions, dosage & administration, overdosage, adverse reactions, and how supplied.


BC Children's Hospital - Family Support & Resource Centre
The resource centre offers a wide variety of books, pamphlets, DVDs and other resources on children's health topics. You can also use the kiosks throughout the buildings to search for resources, and borrow the resources via our online library and catalogue. The resource will be packaged and shipped. A map of kiosk locations is available outside the Resource Centre.


Cory Holly Institute (CHI)
CHI provides consumers with resources in the area of sports nutrition, health and fitness, teaching people how to get well and age with excellent health through fitness and nutrition science.  

Fitness Blender
Excellent site dedicated to fitness and exercise through videos, printable workout routines and healthy recipes. Checkout their free full-length workout videos on YouTube - Fitness Blender Channel.

Provides workout information, healthy recipes, and streamed workout/exercise video clips.

No Excuses Workouts
Videos by fitness expert Jonathan Roche

Slim Tree - Live Healthy
Offers consumers, via a free user account,  access to more than 100 video clips ranging in length from 1-minute to 5minutes.

Free yoga training videos posted on YouTube.

Health Alerts

BC Centre for Disease Control - Health Alerts
The BC Centre for Disease Control (BCCDC) monitors major health risks and provides updated information for the public, health care providers and health service professionals.

Public Health Agency of Canada
Reports on current health risks, including infectious diseases and SARS.

Last updated March 2, 2019