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About Us

Who We Are

As Health Advisory Council members, we are a group of volunteers who play an important role in supporting the strategic direction of AHS by engaging our communities in a respectful, transparent and accountable manner. Public participation is essential to improving the quality and accountability of health services. We work in partnership with AHS to ensure that services in our communities are appropriate and responsive to the needs of our communities.

There are 12 Health Advisory Council across Alberta. Each Council has up to 15 volunteer public members who meet throughout the year with each other, and with AHS leaders, to discuss health care priorities.

What We Do

We are focused on one thing—ensuring the voices of our communities are included in our health care system. We listen to the public’s thoughts and ideas on health care, ask questions and generate discussion. We act as a channel for information and feedback between our communities and AHS and help to bring a local perspective to a provincewide health system.

We do this by:

  • gathering information including public input respecting health, health needs and health services for the residents of the communities we serve;
  • providing advice to AHS about health issues, health needs and health priorities, access to health services, the promotion of health, and other matters;
  • promoting and participating in activities that enhance the health of residents of the communities we serve.

How We Are Accountable

We act as an advisory body to AHS, providing feedback from the public to support the strategic direction of the organization. In this role, we provide:

  • a public perspective on what is working well in the health care system and areas in need of improvement;
  • reports on what residents are saying regarding health services in their area;
  • information from AHS to the public to identify issues or trends from a local perspective;
  • feedback to AHS on matters pertaining to health services and delivery;
  • creative solutions to AHS for improving health care while representing the diversity of the local and regional perspective;
  • a link between local communities and AHS management;
  • guidance on strategies to further engage the community on health care delivery.