The Healthy Children and Families department is part of Healthy Living within Population, Public and Indigenous Health. Our focus is preconception (before pregnancy) to children 18 years of age and their families.
Healthy Children and Families has five teams.
The four population teams — Sexual and Reproductive Health Promotion; Healthy Parents, Healthy Children; Early Years Health Promotion; School Health and Wellness Promotion Strategy and School and Wellness Promotion Implementation develop and deliver provincial programming.
The fifth team, Knowledge Translation and Evaluation, supports planning, evaluation and knowledge translation.
We use a population health approach to address the needs of the preconception, maternal, infant, child, and youth populations. Primary Prevention is the main focus of the department, though some elements of secondary prevention are also undertaken.
We work closely with our partners in the Government of Alberta, and external stakeholders to implement a range of health promotion efforts, including universal and targeted interventions.
Our work centers around six Strategic Priority Areas:
Annual Healthy Children and Families Highlights Reports:
Healthy Children and Families Strategic Action Planning:
Preventing the onset of disease by intervening to remove or reduce risk factors.
Detecting and addressing disease in early stages, prior to the presentation of symptoms, to stop or slow its progression.