Fraser Health: Population Health Analysis

Full Report (PDF, 316 MB)

Dr. Michael V. Hayes
Director of Health Research and Education, Professor, School of Public Health and Social Policy Professor, Department of Geography, University of Victoria

O. Amram, Msc
Simon Fraser University

Key messages

  • The Fraser Health Authority (FHA) has the personnel in place to provide ongoing population health analyses.
  • Analyses could be improved by using a finer grain of spatial analysis than local health areas.
  • Population Data BC is a resource that the FHA could use to conduct these analyses.
  • The Pampalon index has recently been adopted by the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
  • Use of this index by the FHA would allow health status and outcome comparisons with all urban areas in Canada.
  • In general terms, health status declines from west to east in the FHA region.
  • Higher levels of relative deprivation are found in communities in the eastern portion of the FHA region, in the northern parts of Surrey and in New Westminster.
  • The creation of the First Nations Health Authority provides the opportunity for the FHA to work in partnership to address issues of availability, acceptability and accessibility of services to Aboriginal populations.
  • Migration, especially from Asian countries, will be a major contributor to population growth in the FHA over the next 25 years.
  • Settlement patterns within the FHA differ for East, South and Southeast Asian populations.
  • Maintaining and strengthening relationships with the FHA’s various immigrant communities is crucial to the future effectiveness of health service delivery and health promotion efforts.