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Health Department central registry - program subject files
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- Textual record
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- Source of title proper: Title based on records schedule.
- Variations in title: Previously known as Central Registry administrative and operational subject files.
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1934-1995; predominant 1973-1995 (Creation)
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24 m of textual records.
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The Health Department was formally legislated into existence in 1953 by provincial statute (Act to Supercede and Replace the Vancouver Incorporation Act, 1921). It has, however, existed de facto since the time of incorporation of the City of Vancouver in 1886. At that time, a Health Committee of City Council was established. From the earliest years, the Committee was known and referred to as both the Board of Health and the Health Department. The Health Department, as an administrative unit of city government and formally headed by a Medical Health Officer, has been recognized since 1904. Its mandate has been established through a combination of city by-laws and provincial statutes. In 1886, under the provisions of the original Vancouver Incorporation Act, City Council was empowered to pass by-laws and establish a civic department for the maintenance of civic health. The first civic health by-law (By-law no. 7), passed in 1887 and subsequent by-laws and amendments have established the authority to eliminate unhealthy or dangerous environmental health conditions, to provide health treatment (both clinical and preventive) and public health education, and to provide a varied range of social services to the community. Various provincial statutes, most notably the Health Act, have delegated powers of enforcement of increasingly detailed provincial environmental health and health care regulations to the Health Department. The Department has also been responsible for enforcement of federal government regulations relating to food purity and environmental control. Over the years, the Department has been given responsibility for twelve functions: environmental health inspection and control; communicable disease control; medical (clinical and preventive) services; public health nursing; mental health services; dental services; continuing care services; relief work; occupational health services; continuing care facilities licensing; bacteriological and chemical analysis and; cemetery and morgue administration. By 1995 the Health Department was organized into the following divisions: City Analyst Lab, Central Office, Continuing Care, Environmental Health, Mountain View Cemetery, Occupational Health, Health Units. Since January 1, 1996, responsibility for health has been vested in the Vancouver/Richmond Health Board. For a more detailed history, please consult the inventory of the Health Department fonds.
Scope and content
Series consists of correspondence, minutes, reports, publications and other materials pertaining to health care planning and policy, health promotion and the delivery of programs by the Vancouver Health Department. Files were organized by the creating office using a block-numeric file system. The series has been subdivided into following subseries based primarilly on the original file number blocks (indicated with square brackets):
- Prevention Contract Services files [1000-1199]
- Prevention Services files [2000-3999]
- Legislated Program Area (Environmental Health) files [4000-5999]
- Continuing Care Program Area files [6000-7999]
- Government programs and committees files [8000-8999]
- General Services files [9000-9999]
- Smoking prevention and cessation files
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Restrictions on access
Some files restricted. See file lists for details.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
File lists available.
Series 131, File Classification Index. It should be noted by the researcher that the Central Registry records are generated and used by several offices within the Health Department. These offices may have also maintained records independent of Central Registry. Researchers are advised, therefore, to also search the series attributed to specific offices of the Health Department. See also series 643, Central Registry housekeeping subject files.