Dr. Trevor Hancock is a public health physician and health promotion consultant and a Professor and Senior Scholar at the School of Public Health and Social Policy at the University of Victoria, Canada. He is one of the founders of the (now global) Healthy Cities and Communities movement and pioneered early work on the concept of 'healthy public policy' in the 1980s. He has worked as an advisor and consultant on Healthy Cities at all levels from the local to the global in a number of countries, chiefly in the Americas and Europe, and as a speaker all over the world.
He led a Canadian Public Health Association workgroup that resulted in a comprehensive Discussion Paper on the ecological determinants health (May 2015) and was an external reviewer for the Rockefeller Foundation/ Lancet Commission on Planetary Health. A lot of his work now focuses on the health implications of the Anthropocene and local response in the form of a ‘One Planet’ region.
His main areas of interest are population health promotion, healthy cities and communities, health and the environment, healthy public policy, the relationship between health and nature, healthy and 'green' hospitals, health policy and planning, and health futurism. He co-founded both the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and the Canadian Coalition for Green Health Care, and in the 1980s was the first leader of the Green Party in Canada.
He was made an Honorary Life member of the Canadian Public Health Association in 1990 and was appointed as a Senior Editor to the Editorial Board of the Canadian Journal of Public Health in 2014. In 2015 he was awarded Honorary Fellowship in the UK’s Faculty of Public Health for his contributions to public health and was awarded the Defries Medal by the Canadian Public Health Association in 2017.