With only 4.4 people per square kilometre in the Regional District of Mt Waddington, there are challenges for families and communities to sustain healthy productive lives. Improvement of the health of communities and people living in Mt Waddington became a priority through the VIHA Strategic Plan community consultation process in November 2005, and the subsequent community and multi-stakeholder dialogue initiated in early 2006. Through these conversations, a crucial first step was taken by the establishment of a community-driven mechanism and process in which Mt Waddington citizens could have a voice and actively participate in improving the health outcomes in our region.
Since its inception in 2006, the Health Network has achieved a number of significant outcomes. As part of its commitment to "Healthy People, Healthy Communities", the Health Network held a series of forums and meetings to gauge what the most pressing concerns of residents were. Based on this information, the Health Network's Steering Committee guided the inception of 4 Sub-Committees: Mental Health & Addictions, Seniors/Elders, Housing & Homelessness, and Youth Leadership.