The BC Health Coalition champions a strong public health care system that is there for all of us when we need it. We are a democratic, non-partisan, and consensus-based community of individuals and organizations that span the province of British Columbia. Together we advocate for evidence-based improvements to our public health care system, stimulate public education on health care issues, and drive positive change to our health care system through campaigns across the province.
|Our ongoing priorities include: defending public health care from legal attacks; advocating for improvements to home and long-term care services for seniors; producing research to advance evidence-based improvements to our public health care system; pushing for quality, accessible care before profit; and, advocating for team-based primary health care that is rooted in our communities.
Our Campaigns and Advocacy
We run campaigns to strengthen and defend public health care. Check out our current work here. In the past, we have:
- Won legislation in B.C. to protect our public voluntary blood donation system
- Successfully advocated to scrap unfair MSP fees in BC by 2020
- Advocated for the creation of the office of the Seniors Advocate
- Won government commitment to real solutions to surgical and diagnostic wait times in B.C.
- Ran multiple election campaigns to encourage voters to support public health care champion candidates
- Advocated nationally for improvements to the public health system such as Pharmacare
Tuesday Andrich (she/her) represents CUPE on the Steering Committee. Tuesday works in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside where she supports women and non-binary people in the community who are at risk of gendered violence. She has been a labour activist since 2015 when she was voluntold to sit on her workplace occupational health and safety committee and she hasn’t looked back since. Tuesday and her partner live in East Van which has been home to both of them for over 15 years. In her downtime she nurtures her indoor jungle, hikes, camps, and works on traditional handicrafts like braided rugs and pysanky.
Colleen Fuller (she/her) represents the REACH Community Health Centre on the Steering Committee. Colleen has been a health policy researcher, writer and activist for 30 years, with a strong focus on primary community based health care. She has written extensively about the negative impact of privatization on access to necessary health services by Canadians. Colleen is a cofounder of PharmaWatch Canada, which advocates for public policies that support access to safe and effective medicines.
Stacy Ashton (she/her) represents the BC Crisis Lines Network on the Steering Committee. Stacy Ashton is Executive Director of the Crisis Centre BC and chair of the BC Crisis Line Network. She started her career in the non-profit sector as a volunteer on the Crisis Lines, prior to completing her Masters in Counselling and working in the field as a Suicide Intervention Counsellor. Stacy spent over a decade focused on non-profit management and volunteer engagement as the Executive Director of Community Volunteer Connections, and as the Provincial Coordinator of Volunteer Resources with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. She is thrilled to be bringing her experience and skills back to the place she started.