Diverse Populations

Primary Health Care Resource Centre

The diversity of Alberta’s population will continue to increase significantly during the next two decades.

Evidence shows that some of the most vulnerable segments of diverse populations – Indigenous, immigrants, refugees, specific visible minorities, French speaking Albertans, and people experiencing homelessness – are disproportionately impacted by chronic disease.

Alberta Health Services and other healthcare organizations are faced with the challenge of caring for patients who experience poorer health and access barriers to health services due to a number of social determinants.

Targeted approaches are being developed and implemented that respond to the local and unique needs of diverse and vulnerable communities in Alberta.

Provider Education

  • Patient Centred Care Through a Diversity Lens
    This online course looks at providing patient-centred care to Alberta’s socially and culturally diverse population that may impact access, health and well-being of individuals and their families. Unlike traditional courses, there are no penalties for deliberately choosing wrong answers so learners are encouraged to explore several routes through the course, as well as the tools and resources embedded in the course.
  • Understanding Diversity: Online Training

Provider Resources

Indigenous Resources

Newcomer Resources

Strategies and Frameworks




  • Just the Basics - to assist health care professionals in working with this population, an Aboriginal working group has developed variations of the Just the Basics resource in Ojibwe, Plains Cree, Inuktitut and Inuinnaqtun to help Aboriginal people make healthy choices – visit Diabetes in the Aboriginal Community