ECHO Network

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The ECHO Network
(Environment, Community, Health Observatory):
Strengthening intersectoral capacity to understand and respond to health impacts of resource development


The ECHO Network is a 5-year research program, funded by a Canadian Institutes of Health Research Team Grant, focused on working together across sectors to take notice of- and respond to- the influence of resource development on health and well-being, with specific emphasis on rural, remote and Indigenous communities and environments.

Our project brings together university researchers and research partners across Canada and internationally, who have identified a need to better understand and address the health, environment and community impacts of resource development. Our research team is led by a steering committee of different sectors, disciplines and communities, which is co-chaired by Dr. Margot Parkes, Canada Research Chair in Health, Ecosystems and Society at the University of Northern British Columbia, and Dr. Sandra Allison, Chief Medical Health Officer at Northern Health in BC.


ECHO Network Overview
To learn more about the ECHO Network, please access our four page ECHO Network Overview:

ECHO 4 page overview
ECHO 4 page overview- French

ECHO Network Launch Meeting Report
To learn more about the ECHO Network launch that took place in Prince George, B.C. May 9-11, 2017, you can access the Launch Event Meeting Report here:

ECHO Launch Meeting Report

ECHO Network Updates
Stay up to date on the ECHO Network and regional case activity through our quarterly updates:

September 2017 ECHO Network Update

Related ECHO Network Resources

Several ECHO Network team members participated in the May 2017 installment of the Ecohealth in Action Webalogue Series. You can view the recording of the webalogue here

  •  Parkes, MW, Aalhus M, Gislason M, Kutzner D, Hallstrom L, Surette C, Skinner (2017). “Introducing the Environment, Community, Health Observatory (ECHO) Network — Strengthening intersectoral capacity to understand and respond to health impacts of resource development.”  Ecohealth in Action Webalogue Series. May 25, 2017. Available at:



For any further information or questions about ECHO Network please contact  or 250-960-6342.