Better Health™ Campaign
Because there’s more to managing
Emergency to home program
health than “take two Aspirins and call
me in the morning,” AHS offers a provincial
program that empowers those living with
chronic disease to take control of their
own health. The self-management
workshops included healthy lifestyles,
goal-setting and handling pain
The program is reducing the number
of avoidable emergency department
visits from seniors by providing them
with care in the comfort of their own
homes. Originally a pilot project
in 2010 in Edmonton, Calgary and
Red Deer, this program is now also
in Medicine Hat and Grande Prairie.
Addiction and Mental Health Strategy
Alberta Health and AHS have developed a
strategy to reduce addiction and mental illness
in the province. The strategy will create a more
seamless system to ensure Albertans can get the
best quality assessment, treatment and support
services where and when they need them.
More than 50,500 babies
were born in Alberta in 2011.
Almost all of them began their
lives at an AHS hospital or centre,
where they were given a healthy
start to life. The province expects
another 51,000 babies to be born
AHS’s 12 Health Advisory
It’s all about access
councils, located across the province,
are conduits into the community. The
10 to 15 volunteers on each council
keep Albertans informed about AHS
activities and encourage Albertans
to voice their thoughts, opinions,
suggestions and concerns about
how AHS services can
In our work to make Alberta a
healthier province, we’re reducing
wait times for a number of our services.
The average wait time for radiation therapy
is three weeks —one week lower than our goal.
With the opening of a new cancer centre in
Red Deer, the wait times for cancer care may
reduce even more. We’re also working to
reduce wait times for cataract surgery,
oncologists, continuing care and
A joint project with
Alberta Health and Wellness,
MyHealth.Alberta.ca is a compre-
hensive website that gives Albertans
reliable, up-to-date health information.
You’ll find everything from healthy
living tips to where to find
your nearest health-care
In Alberta’s emergency
departments, those most in
need of care are treated first.
The practice is often confusing
to First Nations’ people, whose
practice is to tend to elders first.
To bridge this cultural divide,
AHS produced a 15-minute video
in Cree (with English subtitles)
explaining the triage process.