iKNOW Health – Partners

Phase Two: iKNOW Health – Partners and Collaborations

Innovation, Evidence & Impact Team (IEI)

The Innovation, Evidence and Impact team works closely with our partners to address specific healthcare needs and concerns of Albertans. We help outside agencies navigate the complexities of AHS, while supporting and empowering internal teams identify problems and solve them using evidence.

Paying close attention to how innovation is managed is part of being good stewards of healthcare and healthcare resources. It ensures that AHS remains a high-performing health system that delivers quality patient care to Albertans.

Our team is comprised of project managers and consultants, benefits realization specialists, analysts, health economists and admin support. To learn more about our team, contact us at innovation@ahs.ca.

IMAGINE Citizens is incredibly grateful to Alberta Health Services for the financial and human services support of our project manager for Healthcare 101’s phase two: iKNOW Health.

Calgary Health Foundation

IMAGINE Citizens is incredibly grateful for the support of the Calgary Health Foundation to enable IMAGINE Citizens and Alberta Health Services to enable a joint hiring process of the iKNOW Health/HC101 project manager. Entering our second year, we are proud to acknowledge the Calgary Health Foundation’s leadership for this funding to IMAGINE Citizens at a critical point in the project’s development of community capacity. The wellness of our communities is enhanced when everyone has a better understanding of how to access health and care services. Thank you!

Institute of Health Economics

The Healthcare 101 Task Force is pleased to acknowledge key input in visioning Healthcare 101 directions for Phase Two.

The Institute of Health Economics (IHE) is an independent, not-for-profit organization which conducts studies and research on the latest evidence about what new (and existing) health technologies, services and programs we should fund and how they can be delivered more appropriately now and in the future. Our mission is to inform coordinated, innovative, evidence-guided health policy and practice.

The Institute has broad linkages within academic partners, health professionals, and public and private sector partners at the provincial, national, and international levels and brings that network of expertise to help inform Alberta decision-makers.

Med Wise

Starting September 2019, Cold Lake, and the M.D. of Bonnyville were a pilot location for Med Wise.  Several successful sessions were held in Cold Lake.

The Med Wise project is a  collaboration of team members from the University of Alberta Pharmacy department – led by Lisa Guirguis Associate Professor Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Studies, along with Faculty of Extension- Professor Kyle Whitfield and IMAGINE Citizens Collaborating for Health, Peer Facilitator – Linda Kolewaski, a Cold Lake resident.

Med Wise is a program designed to improve Seniors’ ability to manage their medications, communicate effectively and confidently with their Pharmacists on matters pertaining to their medication and health issues and have active participation in developing a care medication plan for themselves.

The Med Wise course was developed in 2013 in Wisconsin, it has been honed by the Co-Partnering team to ensure it has Alberta context. The program is a peer-led, skill-based educational and behavioral intervention designed for Seniors.

The beauty and uniqueness of this collaboration is that all parties are dependent upon each other to make the program work and this is so important because the material is based on Medical pharmacological documentation, the delivery of the educational material is peer led and the local participants are the Program Critiques that will provide the feed back to take the program from a small  pilot project to a provincial program delivered across the province.  An excellent example of Albertans’ input making healthcare better for all.

Contact Linda Kolewaski via linda@imaginecitizens.ca to learn more.

Alberta International Medical Graduates Association – AIMGA

Who We Are

AIMGA is a non-profit organization dedicated to the successful integration of International Medical Graduates (IMGs). While a small organization, we are mighty.

Core Values

Being responsive to the needs of our members, working together, having a professional and friendly attitude, delivering quality programs. Essentially, we keep our members’ best interests at the heart of what we do.

Vision and Purpose

Improve healthcare through the re-engagement of IMGs in Canada and support IMGs as they complete the professional requirements in order to integrate into the Canadian healthcare system.

Phase 1: Healthcare 101 – Healthcare Basics for Albertans

IMAGINE: CITIZENS Collaborating for Health


Through IMAGINE, Albertans are joining their voices together to improve our healthcare 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 people in Alberta. 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 policymakers. 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.

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.

Alberta Health Services: 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.


ActionDignity encourages the collective voice of 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.

Many of ActionDignity’s program staff have been instrumental in guiding iKNOW Health’s collective efforts to increase health literacy in Alberta. Cultural Brokers with ActionDignity, along with medical graduates from Alberta International Medical Graduates Association are the founders of the Sound Mind/Sound Body pilot program for women with low literacy in Calgary’s Afghan community.

A special tribute to the influence on our iKNOW Health work, and in memory of Dr Victorino Lantion Strategy Lead for SHARE (Sustaining Healthy and Awesome Relationships) 2010-18: Vic’s contributions to shaping the directions of ActionDignity and partners, and his kindnesses in all the interactions with the people he reached, will always be remembered.

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.

Alberta SPOR SUPPORT Unit Patient Engagement Platform

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

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.

Integrative Health Institute (IHI)

The 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.