We support Alberta Health's commitment to strengthening primary care with initiatives such as Family Care Clinics and others developed to improve access to care. These initiatives are consistent with the position statement approved by Provincial Council in January 2011:
From patient care and health promotion to program development and case management, RNs and NPs play a critical role in developing and delivering expert primary care to Albertans.
There are various definitions of primary health care and primary care and often the terms are used interchangeably. We define these terms as follows:
Primary care refers to the first contact people have with the health-care system to seek out services for diagnosis, treatment and follow-up for a specific health problem, or to access routine screening such as an annual check-up. Primary care is a core component of primary health care.
Primary health care extends beyond the traditional health care system to include services that influence health such as income, housing, education and environment.
We asked members: what are your thoughts on the goals for the Primary Health Care system, the principles guiding decision-making, and ways the province can drive improvement and create change? What are your ideas for a Primary Health Care strategy action plan?
There were two components to this consultation process: a webinar to introduce the current Primary Health Care Strategy framework, and an online discussion board to continue the conversation.
Although the consultation process is now complete, you can still watch the webinar.