Series S147 - Health Department central registry - Metropolitan Board of Health files

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Health Department central registry - Metropolitan Board of Health files

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  • Variations in title: Formerly titled as 'Central Registry Metropolitan Board of Health files'

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2.65 m of textual records.

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The Metropolitan Board of Health of Greater Vancouver was established in 1936 under section 51 of the provincial Health Act and by formal agreement of the following: Corporation of Burnaby, Corporation of Richmond, City of Vancouver, North Shore Union Board of Health (representing North Vancouver, District of North Vancouver and West Vancouver school boards and municipal governments), the Boards of School Trustees for Burnaby, Richmond and Vancouver, and the Ministry of Health representing the University Endowment Lands. The Board was comprised of Medical Health Officers (who also formed the Board's Administrative Council) and Council and School Board representatives from each area, plus two provincial appointees. The purpose of the Metropolitan Board of Health was to provide a link between health agencies of the metropolitan area so that, where feasible, consistent policies might be adopted to deal with shared problems. The Board also acted as an advisory group dealing with broad public health issues. This responsibility included mental health issues, and from 1973 to 1985 the Board had direct operating responsibility for the Greater Vancouver Mental Health Service (which subsequently became the Greater Vancouver Mental Health Service Society, or GVMHSS). Member agencies of the Board were first requested to contribute annually to the incidental and operating expenses of the Board in March of 1982. The Board formally dissolved on January 1, 1997, upon the establishment of the regional health boards of Vancouver/Richmond, Burnaby/Simon Fraser, North Shore and South Fraser.

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Series consists of central registry files documenting activities of Health Department personnel on the Metropolitan Board of Health of Greater Vancouver, as well as activities of the Board itself. The majority of the records consist of agendas, minutes and associated papers of meetings of the Board, its Executive Committee and Administrative Council.

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See also series 101, Medical Health Officer, and Series 132, Central Registry program subject files.

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