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VITAL SIGNS

Vital Signs© is a community check-up that measures the region’s health and vitality, identifies significant trends, and provides in-depth, up-to-date information about the people in these communities and the environments in which they live, work, and go to school.

Local data gathered through the program is used to support evidence-based, locally-relevant solutions to improve the quality of life at the community level. Vital Signs aims to inspire civic engagement, to provide focus for public debate, and to help a range of actors take action and direct resources where they will have the greatest impact. Residents, businesses, community organizations, educational institutions and government leaders use the information in Vital Signs to take action and direct resources where they will make the most impact.

2023 Southeast Alberta Vital Signs Report

Southeast Alberta’s 2023 Vital Signs provides information about seven different issue areas that influence community vitality and wellbeing throughout our region. By exploring each of these areas, we hope to gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist within our communities so that we can work together to create solutions that will lead to a more vibrant and prosperous future for Southeast Alberta.

Vital Conversations

Vital Conversations are facilitated discussions with community members to learn more about the social and economic trends impacting local quality of life. The conversations are often used as a starting point to identify local priorities and mobilize a community into action.  Vital Conversations can serve as a springboard to strengthen local relationships, develop new partnerships and determine funding priorities.

Vital Focus

Vital Focus provides a comprehensive overview of a single prominent or emerging issue in the community. A Vital Focus Report can be tied to the annual national theme or linked to an issue that is specific to a community.

Vital Brief

Vital Brief  is shorter and simpler than a full Vital Signs Publication. It highlights one to three issue areas in the community along with data points. It is a snapshot of the community as it related to a few issue areas.

Vital Signs Reports

2023 Vital Signs Report

2023 Vital Signs Report 

The Southeast Alberta’s 2023 Vital Signs provides information about seven different issue areas that influence community vitality and wellbeing throughout our region. By exploring each of these areas, we hope to gain a better understanding of the challenges and opportunities that exist within our communities so that we can work together to create solutions that will lead to a more vibrant and prosperous future for Southeast Alberta. 

2022 Vital Conversations Report

2022 Report Back to the Community

Based on the statistics shared in the 2021 Vital Focus, Medicine Hat community members gathered to initiate a series of dialogue related to nine community pillars to learn more about how our community can support these needs. The conversations were based on preliminary data released from a survey completed by 461 residents.

The information and data gathered from the 2022 Vital Conversations is shared with community partners, stakeholders, funders, and donors. It will support the strategic planning and service delivery of many of our community’s service providers and charitable organizations, as well as help guide our Community Foundation for future granting priorities.

2022 Vital Conversations Resources

2021 Vital Focus Report

2021 Vital Focus

This publication focuses on the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact that it had in our communities. The Community Foundation of Southeastern Alberta witnessed the establishment of community partnerships and collaborations in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic which affected virtually every aspect of our daily lives. As a result, this report focuses on three impact areas that were substantially affected by the pandemic: Mental Health, Work & Economy, and Vulnerable Populations (highlighting food security, housing stability, and domestic violence).

2021 Vital Focus References

2020 Youth Vital Conversations

2020 Youth Vital Conversations Report

In partnership with the RBC Foundation, CFSEA facilitated a number of Vital Conversations for youth ages 15-29, in February 2020. These consultations took place across Southeastern Alberta, including their three rural fund areas, and addressed the community’s most pressing needs and creative solutions. CFSEA heard their opinions and are moving forward to help co-create next steps for potential solutions.