When most people think about health services, they think about treatment or preventative services for individuals. Population and Public Health is unique because it focuses on the health of the whole population. The work of population health reaches past health care facilities and far into the community. Every time an illness is prevented, an injury averted or a death delayed, population health is achieving its mission to promote and protect the health of Albertans.
In Alberta Health Services, the Population and Public Health portfolio includes the following program areas:
What all of these areas have in common is an approach that begins at a macro level with policies and programs that target the whole population or specific sub-populations to maintain or reduce the burden of disease and injury or improve health status. Population health work is grounded in research and uses specialized knowledge from a variety of sources to guide current strategies and direct effective, future actions.