About HC101

Members of IMAGINE and the Strategic Clinical Networks™ are lead partners in the Healthcare 101 project. MyHealth. You can also find general health information, including more about Healthcare 101, on Alberta.ca. The first module, Healthcare Basics for Albertans, can be found on MyHealth.Alberta.ca. Additional Healthcare 101 modules will be posted there, 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.

People from IMAGINE, the Strategic Clinical Networks™ and our partner organizations, are working to bring key stakeholders and people like you together, to make sure our work is successful. Join us!

HC101 Partners

IMAGINE: CITIZENS Collaborating for Health

Through IMAGINE, Alberta citizens are joining their voices together to improve our health-care system. The system has two dimensions – health and care – and we seek greater influence in how it operates. Collectively, the people of Alberta can share their knowledge and experiences to help shape health care that fully meets our needs.

Add your voice and IMAGINE the possibilities. IMAGINE is an inclusive and independent group of Albertans. Join in the conversation and help shape a health-care system that delivers 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 seeking innovate ways to provide higher quality in specific areas of health care in Alberta. 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 the perspectives of: patients, families, providers, researchers and evidence. The goal is to involve every Albertan in the SCNs™ to ensure better quality, better outcomes, better patient and provider experience, and better value for taxpayer’s money.

AHS Engagement and Patient Experience (EPE)

Through the Engagement and Patient Experience (EPE), patients and family members volunteer to provide their perspectives in the work of Alberta Health Services. They can participate on a variety of organizations, including hospital councils and such groups as the Strategic Clinical NetworksTM (SCNs™). Ways to provide input include providing email feedback, sharing health-care stories, sitting on focus groups, participating as committee members, and being involved in SCNs™, advisory councils, and Patient and Family Advisory Networks. If you are interested in learning more please contact the EPE:

Website: http://bit.ly/AHSAdvisorOpportunities

Email: Patient.Engagement@albertahealthservices.ca

Phone: 1-877-735-1102

MyHealth.Alberta (MHA)

MyHealth.Alberta.ca is a resource for non-emergency health information. The Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services created the site to give Albertans one place to go for health information they can trust. MyHealth.Alberta.ca is home to valuable, easy-to-understand health information and tools for everyone.

Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA)

The Health Quality Council of Alberta gathers and analyzes information, monitors the health-care system, and collaborates with Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, health professionals, academia, and other stakeholders. The learnings are used to introduce practical improvements to health service quality and patient safety.

Strategies for Patient-Oriented Research (SPOR)

Patients and researchers can meaningfully engage together in health research through the Alberta Strategy for Patient Oriented-Research (SPOR) Support for People and Patient-Oriented Research and Trials (SUPPORT) Unit (AbSPORU), Patient Engagement (PE) Platform. The goal of the PE Platform of AbSPORU is to support a shift in the culture of health research in Alberta to one that is more patient-oriented, values all stakeholders, and leads to an enhanced health system and improved patient outcomes.

The PE Platform focuses on promoting engagement of patient/public members on research teams. For more information about the PE Platform, please go to:

The Patient Engagement Platform:


The Patient/Family Registry:


Alberta Health Advocates (AHA)

You can find information about Alberta’s Health Advocate and Mental Health Patient Advocate through the Office of the Alberta Health Advocates. 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 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.

Tell us about your project idea to get started.

Patient and Community Engagement Research (PaCER)

PaCER is a group of patient researchers, trained in qualitative health research, who are creating a collective research voice with, by, and for patients. PaCER members 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 seeks 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 views 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, and many more.


ActionDignity (previously the Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary) encourages the collective voice of Calgary’s ethno-cultural communities towards full civic participation and integration through collaborative action. ActionDignity provides a platform for ethno-cultural communities to amplify their voice and provide a diversity lens to shape policies and systems towards greater social inclusion and equity.