Community Conversations

As we celebrated AHS’ 10 year anniversary in 2019, we sought input from our valued partners and community members. Seventeen Community Conversations were hosted over a 12 month period.

While we paused our in-person Community Conversations during the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to support Albertans as we work together to respond to COVID-19. Since the start of April more than 70 virtual information and engagement sessions were held, with more than 5,000 Albertans participating.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please visit www.alberta.ca/covid19. Online resources include a self-assessment for COVID-19; complete that assessment before calling Health Link 811.

And subscribe to this project to receive updates and be alerted when this project page is reactivated.

As we celebrated AHS’ 10 year anniversary in 2019, we sought input from our valued partners and community members. Seventeen Community Conversations were hosted over a 12 month period.

While we paused our in-person Community Conversations during the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to support Albertans as we work together to respond to COVID-19. Since the start of April more than 70 virtual information and engagement sessions were held, with more than 5,000 Albertans participating.

If you have questions about COVID-19, please visit www.alberta.ca/covid19. Online resources include a self-assessment for COVID-19; complete that assessment before calling Health Link 811.

And subscribe to this project to receive updates and be alerted when this project page is reactivated.

  • December 5, 2019: Barrhead Community Conversation

    06 December, 2019
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    25 community members and AHS leadership participated in a conversation about health and wellness in the Town of Barrhead and Barrhead County. The community affirmed that the key areas of concern identified at past seven North Zone Community Conversations (access to services, system navigation and travel) are the primary challenges in the area. Community members also discussed how new or existing community partnerships could be developed to address those challenges, such as creating a healthcare directory to identify and share information about community based programs; developing more community initiatives that encourage wellness – such as walking trails; and AHS using the community partners in the room to assist in sharing information about healthy living and services available to residents.

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  • December 4, 2019: Paddle Prairie Community Conversation

    06 December, 2019
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    AHS leadership was honoured to discuss the unique challenges faced by residents of the Paddle Prairie Metis Settlement and surrounding communities in accessing health services and building community wellness. Participants discussed how new or existing community partnerships can be developed to address some of those challenges, such as working with AHS’ Emergency Medical Services (EMS) to develop more accurate maps of the community to ensure that paramedics are able to find residences quickly. A commitment was made to continue the conversation, with the shared goal of improving the health and wellness of residents.

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  • December 3, 2019: Peace River Community Conversation

    04 December, 2019
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    29 community members and AHS leadership participated in a conversation about health and wellness in Peace River and the surrounding region. As well as reviewing the key areas of concern identified at the past seven North Zone Community Conversations (access to services, system navigation and travel), participants discussed how new or existing community partnerships can be developed to address those challenges.

    Ideas included making unoccupied rooms in the local Seniors facility available to healthcare students on short term placements in Peace River, identifying creative ways to tackle loneliness faced by residents of all ages, and developing a healthcare coalition to identify and "spread the word" about services and programs available to residents.

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  • June 25, 2019: Cold Lake Community Conversation

    09 July, 2019
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    There were 48 attendees for the session in Cold Lake. Key topics of discussion included access to services, system navigation and recruitment and retention of physicians and medical professionals to communities in area. The conversation focused on healthcare successes and challenges in the area and how new, or existing, community partnerships can help address those challenges.

    More photos from the sessions across the province are here.

    Read the summary of the event here.

  • June 19, 2019: Canmore Community Conversation

    09 July, 2019
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    There were 40 attendees for the session in Canmore including community members, Prairie Mountain Health Advisory Council members, and AHS representatives.

    Some of the key topics that participants reviewed included coordination of services, health system navigation in rural areas, transportation to health services, access to services including mental health services, and follow-up care for complex patients as well as the partnership that exist between the Canmore Community and local agencies.

    More photos from the sessions across the province are here.
  • March 13, 2019: Okotoks Community Conversation

    18 June, 2019
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    More photos from the sessions across the province are here.

    There were 39 attendees for the session in Okotoks including community members, Prairie Mountain Health Advisory Council members, and AHS representatives.

    Some of the key topics that participants reviewed included coordination of services, access to resources and services in rural areas, transportation to health services, mental health services, and follow-up care for complex patients.

    Read the summary from the event, here.
  • March 11, 2019: High Prairie Community Conversation

    18 June, 2019
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    More photos from the sessions across the province are here.

    There were 31 attendees for the session in High Prairie including community members, Lesser Slave Lake Health Advisory Council members, and AHS representatives.

    Some of the key topics that participants reviewed included transportation to health services, recruitment and retention of health professionals, addiction and mental health supports, recreational challenges, and access to specialists.

    Review the summary from the event, here.
  • February 25, 2019: Medicine Hat Community Conversation

    18 June, 2019
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    More photos from the sessions across the province are here.

    There were 47 attendees for the session in Medicine Hat including community members, Palliser Triangle Health Advisory Council members, and AHS representatives. The conversation included an overview of the major initiatives in progress in the zone, and discussion about what may have changed since earlier conversations that could be considered going forward. Some of the key topics that participants reviewed included seniors care, enhancing care in the community, access to services, increased prevention and education, more addiction and mental health services for children and youth in rural and urban areas, assessment and transition gaps, and use of technology.

    The summary of the event can be found, here.

  • February 5, 2019: Lethbridge Community Conversation

    18 June, 2019
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    More photos from the sessions across the province are here.

    There were 30 attendees for the session in Lethbridge. The conversation included an overview of the major initiatives in progress in the zone, and discussion about what may have changed since earlier conversations in that could be considered going forward. Some of the key topics that participants reviewed included seniors care, legalization of Cannabis and implications, discharge planning, use of technology to offer healthcare services, communication about existing services, and mental health and addictions.

    A summary of the event is available here.
  • January 24, 2019: Fort McMurray Community Conversation

    18 June, 2019
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    More photos from the sessions across the province are here.

    There were 23 attendees for the session in Fort McMurray. Key topics of discussion included coordination of medical services and equipment; access to physicians and specialists, and wait times to access specialists. The conversation focused on healthcare successes and challenges in the community and how new, or existing, community partnerships can help address those challenges.

    You can find a summary of the event here.