Collaborative Consultant in Well-Being & Transformation
Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician, health promotion consultant and retired in 2018 from his role as Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria. His main areas of interest are population health promotion, healthy cities and communities, public health, healthy public policy, environment and health, healthy and ‘green’ hospitals, health policy and planning, and health futurism.
His recent focus has been the combination of his two main areas – the relationship between human health and the natural environment and the healthy community approach. Since retiring he has established a new NGO in Victoria – Conversations for a One Planet Region – that works to engage the people and governments of the Greater Victoria Region in conversations about what is involved in becoming a region with an ecological footprint of One Planet while maintaining a good quality of life and good health for all.
Trevor is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement and co-authored the original background paper for the European Regional Office of the World Health Organization in 1986. Over the past 30 years he has worked as a consultant for local communities, municipal, provincial and national governments, health care organizations, NGOs and the World Health Organization. He is a frequent keynote speaker at national and international conferences as well as small community group engagements and since the end of 2014 has written a regular weekly column on population and public health for Victoria’s Times Colonist.
He has a long-standing interest in the relationship between health and the natural and built environment. For four years Trevor led a Canadian Public Health Association workgroup that resulted in a comprehensive Discussion Paper on the ecological determinants health (May 2015). He has been a member of the Canadian Council on the Social Determinants of Health, a member of the Board of the Child and Nature Alliance of Canada from 2010 to 2015, and was on the Advisory Council of the Arts and Health Network Canada. Trevor co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment & the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and in the 1980’s Trevor was the first leader of the Green Party in both Canada and Ontario.
In 2015 Trevor was awarded Honourary Fellowship in the UK’s Faculty of Public Health for his contributions to public health, and in 2017 he was awarded the Defries Medal, the Canadian Public Health Association’s highest award, presented for outstanding contributions in the broad field of public health, as well as a Lifetime Contribution Award from Health Promotion Canada.
Outside work life, he is an enthusiastic Morris dancer and enjoys creating new dances and parody songs, as well as performing as the Green Man in the annual Mummers Play and at the annual Jack in the Green Festival in Hastings, UK. He has also been a semi-professional outdoor photographer and his photography has been shown in a number of juried art shows in southern Ontario and BC.
You can learn more about Trevor and his various projects at his website.