Government & policy
Alberta to create citizen health
EDMONTON – Alberta announced that
it will establish 12 Health Advisory Councils to provide public input on
local health issues across the province. The 12 councils will replace 59
Community Health Councils which operated under the former health
The new Health Advisory Councils will consist of 10 to 15 members,
including a Chair and will each represent a different geographical area.
All Health Advisory Council members will be appointed by the Alberta
Health Services Board. The mandate of the Councils is to provide
feedback about what is working well in the healthcare system and areas
in need of improvement. The Councils will engage residents and report on
local perspectives of healthcare delivery in communities across the
“We value community input and are committed to engaging community
members,” said Ken Hughes, Alberta Health Services Board Chair. “This
feedback will assist in our future decision making as we work to provide
quality services that best meet the needs of our communities.
“The collective efforts of the previous Community Health Councils are
truly appreciated; both for advancing improvements in local health care
delivery and for helping pave the way for the work the new Health
Advisory Councils will undertake within the newly aligned health care
system,” said Hughes.
Health and Wellness Minister Ron Liepert says the commitment of those
who serve on Health Advisory Councils is commendable and that all
Albertans will benefit from the community support for the health care
“Albertans are passionate about the delivery of health services in this
province,” said Minister Liepert. “These councils strengthen
opportunities to provide advice, share community feedback and recommend
ways to address health care needs. I would encourage Albertans to come
forward and get involved.”
Alberta Health Services is the provincial health authority responsible
for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than
3.5 million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to
provide a quality, patient-focused health system that is accessible and
sustainable for all Albertans.
Posted July 30/09.