About HC101

Members of IMAGINE and the Strategic Clinical Networks™ are lead partners in the Healthcare 101 project. MyHealth.Alberta.ca is also a partner where you can find general health information. The first module, My Healthcare, can be found on MyHelath.Alberta.ca. You’ll be able to find future Healthcare 101 modules there also, as they are completed.

The Healthcare 101 project team is organized into a Task Force, and a Content Support Team. In January 2017, about 50 people from across Alberta contributed their ideas for what should be included in Healthcare 101.

Between IMAGINE, the Strategic Clinical Networks™, and our partner organizations, we have a lot of skill and experience in co-creation and bringing key stakeholders and people like you together, to make sure our work successful. Join us!


HC101 Partners

IMAGINE: CITIZENS Collaborating for Health


IMAGINE is about Alberta citizens joining their voices together to improve our health care system. And it is our health care system; something that’s not reflected in the influence we have on how that system operates. We’re committed to changing that. As a collective voice, citizens can share their knowledge and experiences to help shape our system into one that we can rely on and be truly proud of. Add your voice and IMAGINE the possibilities. IMAGINE is an inclusive and independent group of Alberta citizens. We hope you will connect and join in on the conversation with us, as we work to have a strong positive impact on Alberta’s health care system that will deliver the best possible experiences and results for Alberta’s patients and families.


Alberta’s Strategic Clinical Networks™ (SCNs™)


Strategic Clinical Networks™ (SCNs™) bring together people who are passionate and knowledgeable about specific areas of health, challenging them to create innovative ways of providing higher quality health care for every Albertan.  SCNs™ involve: patients and families; health care professionals; researchers and academic partners; community groups; and policy makers.  They are engines of innovation to address system wide and local issues from a patient, family, provider, research and evidence perspective to ensure better quality, better outcomes, better patient and provider experience and better value for taxpayer’s money.  The goal is that every Albertan is part of the SCNs™.


AHS Engagement and Patient Experience (EPE)


Patient and family members volunteer as partners to provide their perspectives and wisdom in the work of Alberta Health Services in a variety of different areas, including hospital councils and provincial groups such as the Strategic Clinical NetworksTM (SCNs™). There are multiple levels of volunteering from providing email feedback, sharing your health care story, sitting on focus groups, participating as a committee member, and being actively involved in groups such as SCNs, Advisory Councils, and Patient and Family Advisory Networks to help introduce innovation and service redesign into the system. If you are interested in learning more please contact us by:

Website: http://bit.ly/AHSAdvisorOpportunities

Email: Patient.Engagement@albertahealthservices.ca

Phone: 1-877-735-1102


MyHealth.Alberta (MHA)

MyHealth.Alberta.ca is your resource for non–emergency health information. The site was built by the Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services to give Albertans one place to go for health information they can trust. Healthcare experts across the province make sure the information is correct, up to date, and written for people who live in Alberta. MyHealth.Alberta.ca is home to valuable, easy-to-understand health information and tools made for Albertans.

Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA)

The Health Quality Council of Alberta gathers and analyzes information, monitors the healthcare system, and collaborates with Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, health professions, academia, and other stakeholders to translate that knowledge into practical improvements to health service quality and patient safety in the healthcare system.

Strategies for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)

Alberta SPOR SUPPORT (Support for people and patient-oriented research and trials) Unit is a virtual network of services, expertise and resources providing support to increase the quantity and quality of patient-oriented research in Alberta and the Northwest Territories.  Our goal is to enable a culture change in patient-oriented research that values all stakeholders and lead to improved patient outcomes and an enhanced health system experience.  We are here to ensure that patients have a stronger voice in healthcare research, that evidence from research is used in care and that patients and health system needs are addressed by research.  For further information http://www.aihealthsolutions.ca/initiatives-partnerships/spor/

The Patient Engagement Platform of the Alberta SPOR SUPPORT focusses on engaging patients/citizen in health research in all capacities that patients/citizen wish to become involved.  For more information about patient engagementhttp://www.aihealthsolutions.ca/initiatives-partnerships/spor/patient-engagement-platform/ and www.bit.ly/peRegistry


Alberta Health Advocates (AHA)

The Office of the Alberta Health Advocates is here you will find information about Alberta’s Health Advocate and Mental Health Patient Advocate. The Advocates provide education about the Alberta Health Charter and patients’ rights set out in the Mental Health Act, and connect people with health and mental health services, programs and resources.  The Advocates are here to listen to any concerns or complaints about health care experiences which may result in an investigation or a referral to the appropriate complaint resolution process.


Ward of the 21st Century (W21C)

W21C is a health systems research and innovation initiative based in the University of Calgary and the Calgary Zone of Alberta Health Services. W21C serves as a research and beta test-site for prototypical hospital design, novel approaches to health care delivery, human factors research, and innovative medical technologies.

Are you interested in collaborating with W21C?

Tell us about your project idea to get started.


Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER)

PaCER stands for Patient and Community Engagement Research.

PaCER is a group of patient researchers, trained in qualitative health research, who are creating a new collective research voice with, by, and for patients.  PaCERs are citizens with a variety of health conditions who are trained to use their engagement skills to conduct health research.  Working in collaboration with medical researchers, health systems, and community organizations, PaCER is committed to finding better, stronger and more creative ways of engaging patients in health care. This means building new partnerships and roles for patients.

For more information or to get involved please see: https://pacerinnovates.ca/


Integrative Health Institute (IHI)

IHIThe Integrative Health Institute (IHI) at the University of Alberta is based on the concept of health in its broadest sense as defined by the World Health Organization: “Health is a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.” Integrative Health recognizes both the rigorous and systematic science of conventional medicine and the values and traditions of complementary therapies such as acupuncture, herbs, mindfulness, among many more.


Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary (ECCC)

ECCCEthno-Cultural Council of Calgary is a community-based organization that facilitates the collective voice of Calgary’s ethno-cultural communities towards full civic participation and integration through collaborative action. ECCC provides a platform for ethno-cultural communities to amplify their voice and provide a diversity lens in shaping policies and systems towards greater social inclusion and equity.