Vancouver is typically thought of as a health conscious city, however, based on a self-reported survey, 7% of the population have diabetes, 6% have multiple chronic disease, and 15% are obese (BMI>30)1. If nothing is done, the number of people living with diabetes in Vancouver is projected to increase by 62% over the next decade, and account for 10% of the total population2.
Mirrored on the global program, Cities Changing Diabetes Vancouver has three core elements – mapping the problem, sharing the learnings and taking action. The goal is to leverage resources and share key findings across Canada to change the trajectory of the disease through targeted actions informed by new understanding.
The quantitative research in Vancouver is performed by InSource Research Group Ltd. The Rule of Halves is presented on World Diabetes Day, 14 November 2016.
The qualitative research in Vancouver is performed by Faculty of Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University, led by Professor Scott Lear. The results will be presented in 2017.
“By working with local partners and learning from other cities, Vancouver recognizes that good planning and city building play an important role in improving health outcomes for residents. Vancouver is pleased to join other leading cities in the global Cities Changing Diabetes initiative, and we look forward to working with all of the local partners.”
A growing number of partners have started to work together to address urban diabetes in Vancouver – the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Coastal Health and the Canadian Diabetes Association.