Community Conversations

Conversations with communities are at the heart of AHS' engagement philosophy. Whether through informal chats over coffee or large group events, we believe that when AHS and Albertans work together we achieve greater understanding, and reach better decisions.

As we celebrated AHS' 10 year anniversary in 2019 we sought input from our valued partners and community members through seventeen Community Conversations, hosted in partnerships with Health Advisory Councils (HACs) across Alberta.

AHS' Advisory Councils also launched a series of Community Conversations in the fall of 2020 to invite communities to engage, share information or participate in training that reflects the priorities identified by the HAC and AHS leadership in their region.

In-person Community Conversations were paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, but AHS' commitment to engaging communities continues. In the first year of AHS' response to the COVID-19 pandemic (March, 2020 through March, 2021) more than 222 virtual sessions were hosted providing information to, and engaging with, more than 12,000 Albertans.

Conversations continue as needs are identified. Please see below for a list of upcoming events and conversations.

For more information, email us at Community.Engagement@ahs.ca or visit ahs.ca/advisorycouncils.

Conversations with communities are at the heart of AHS' engagement philosophy. Whether through informal chats over coffee or large group events, we believe that when AHS and Albertans work together we achieve greater understanding, and reach better decisions.

As we celebrated AHS' 10 year anniversary in 2019 we sought input from our valued partners and community members through seventeen Community Conversations, hosted in partnerships with Health Advisory Councils (HACs) across Alberta.

AHS' Advisory Councils also launched a series of Community Conversations in the fall of 2020 to invite communities to engage, share information or participate in training that reflects the priorities identified by the HAC and AHS leadership in their region.

In-person Community Conversations were paused during the COVID-19 pandemic, but AHS' commitment to engaging communities continues. In the first year of AHS' response to the COVID-19 pandemic (March, 2020 through March, 2021) more than 222 virtual sessions were hosted providing information to, and engaging with, more than 12,000 Albertans.

Conversations continue as needs are identified. Please see below for a list of upcoming events and conversations.

For more information, email us at Community.Engagement@ahs.ca or visit ahs.ca/advisorycouncils.

  • Community Conversation re Vaccine Records Portal

    Alberta Health Services has received questions from those who received vaccines outside of Alberta, and is therefore hosting an information session regarding Alberta’s Vaccine Records Portal.

    During this session AHS will provide instruction on how to ensure your vaccine records were updated if you received your vaccine out of province, and how to get documentation proving you were fully vaccinated for travel purposes.

    This information session will seek to provide answers to:

    • Alberta residents who were vaccinated, in part of fully, in Saskatchewan or BC
    • Albertans who crossed the US border to receive vaccines
    • Snowbirds who were vaccinated in other countries
    • Foreign workers or temporary residents who received vaccines in their home country
    • Medical practitioners and those delivering the vaccine, who may be answering questions about the portal

    Please join us July 22 from noon - 1:00 pm. Click here to register and receive the Zoom meeting link: https://albertahealthservices.zoom.us/j/91386156132?pwd=VDM5aWk5NjRNVm9lTnpFNUNLZnd1UT09

    As well as providing an overview of Alberta’s Vaccine Records Portal, AHS Medical Officers of Health will be available to answer your questions about vaccines, and Alberta’s vaccine roll out. We encourage participants to submit any questions you may have when you register, or email them to us at Community.Engagement@ahs.ca. This will help us to design a presentation that reflects your key concerns.

  • Town Hall for Parents & Families

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    Children have experienced several challenges in the past 15 months from public health restrictions, to switching between in-person and online learning, to the cancellation of school activities and events.

    Join a town hall hosted by 19toZero to learn more about how vaccines will help us end the pandemic and return to school as normal in the fall. Dr. Cora Constantinescu, a Pediatric Infectious Disease Physician and Vaccine Expert will speak to vaccination and children and answer your questions, June 22, 2021, from 5:00 - 6:15 pm.

    Register and share: https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_puz_RjL7S1S_ITO4uZDVy

  • Physician recruitment and retention in Northern Alberta

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    You are invited to join AHS in a conversation and engagement session about Partnering on Recruitment and Retention of healthcare professionals and physicians in Northern Alberta.

    As members of North Zone communities, we think you will have the knowledge and expertise to help us identify new and creative ways to encourage physicians and other healthcare workers like allied health professionals, social workers, mental health experts, etc. to select Northern Alberta when making career choices.

    The session aims to create space to listen to your ideas and brainstorm how we can work together to partner both on recruiting and retaining the healthcare professionals we need to provide high quality, safe care in our Northern communities. We will discuss the current state of recruitment in the North Zone, share information on what AHS recruitment activities are currently underway, and learn about the Rural Health Professions Action Plan (RhPAP) on their Attraction & Recruitment Committees.

    Monday, June 28 between 6:30 and 8 p.m. You can register for this session here



  • Employers invited to a Community Conversation with AHS Leadership

    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    AHS is hosting two Community Conversations for employers across Alberta, to discuss how to create both a physically and psychologically safe space. Participants will have the opportunity to submit their questions in advance, or ask questions during the event.


    Please feel free to submit any questions you may have when you register, or email them to us at Community.Engagement@ahs.ca. This will help us to design a presentation that reflects your key concerns.

  • Town Hall for Arabic Speaking Albertans

    CLOSED: This discussion has concluded.

    AIMGA and Alberta Health Services invited Arabic speaking Albertans to a Town Hall to learn more about the COVID-19 vaccines. The event was hosted by Sam Namoura, of the Calgary Immigrant Support Society. Panelists included Dr. Michael Zachary, AHS Medical Officer of Health, Marian Atia, an AIMGA volunteer and foreign trained physician, Shenuoda Soliman, Priest of Saint Mina Coptic Orthodox Church (Calgary), and Islamic scholar, Shaykh Abdul Sattar, Al-Falah Society.

    A recording of that session is now available.

    So many great questions were asked that Dr. Michael Zakhary participated in a follow up conversation. You can watch that conversation here.