In 2016, the Northern Alberta Development Council (NADC), in partnership with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services, hosted the Northern Health Summit in the Town of Peace River. The Summit was a key engagement opportunity for northern municipalities to connect with senior health officials, and provided opportunities for partnerships and discussions to enable further collaboration on key health challenges and priorities in the north.
Based on the feedback gathered at the Summit, Health Care in Northern Alberta: Update to Northern Communities captures programs and initiatives underway that may be relevant to northern Alberta municipalities. The Update describes six broad recommendations aimed at influencing health service policy in the north:
- Engage and communicate with northern municipalities and Indigenous communities regarding health policies and services.
- Leverage technology to better meet northern healthcare needs.
- Implement distributed models of care that meet the geographical, cultural and vocational realities of northern residents.
- Municipal and Indigenous leaders actively support health promotion and healthy community initiatives in the north.
- Address gaps in transportation infrastructure to ensure all patients have access to health services.
- Develop a sustainable northern health workforce strategy.
Read the full report for complete details.