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Let’s Talk About Wellness: An Upcoming Engagement Process by Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health
Featuring Dr. James Talbot, Chief Medical Officer of Health, Alberta Health
Thursday, June 12, 2014
7:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m.
Giverny Ballroom, Union Bank Inn
10053 Jasper Avenue, Edmonton
Today’s public conversation on health is usually focused on the healthcare system. However, we know that this continued preoccupation with illness, diagnosis, treatment, care and system efficiencies has not resulted in better health outcomes for Albertans. Even with one of the highest rates of per capita health care spending in Canada, Alberta still lags behind other provinces on important health indicators along with rising rates of chronic disease and injury. Unchecked, this scenario is likely to continue the trend in the Government of Alberta of rising health expenditures “eating everyone else’s lunch”.
While continued investments in Alberta’s health care remain a priority, efforts to keep Albertans healthy are also extremely important. We know that this is a complex problem. Over two-thirds of an individual’s health outcomes are determined by physical, social and economic environments. As a result, in addition to effective quality health care, Albertans need access to many things, including: money to meet basic needs; housing that is safe and affordable; nurturing early life experiences; meaningful education and employment opportunities; healthy food; safe neighborhoods; clean air and safe drinking water. Many of the policy levers to promote healthy Albertans lie outside the Ministry of Health and in some cases, outside the Government of Alberta.
To achieve the scale of change that is required, Albertans must be engaged as a driving force for action. Alberta’s Strategic Approach to Wellness released in October 2013 provides a framework for such action and change. Alberta’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and the Associate Minister of Wellness, David Rodney are developing an interactive fall public engagement process to start this province-wide conversation. The process will engage Albertans, including individuals, organizations, NGO’s, businesses and governments on how Albertans could collaborate together to “move the needle” on Alberta’s health and wellness outcomes.
Dr. James Talbot is the Chief Medical Officer in Alberta Health. He is a passionate and articulate champion for health and wellness for Albertans of all ages. On June 12, Dr. Talbot will be presenting a Policy for Breakfast session to briefly review the context for the “Let’s Talk About Wellness” engagement, the planned approach, and to proactively dialogue with other policy colleagues on how all can become meaningfully engaged in this work.
This topic will be of value to both new and seasoned policy wonks interested in learning about innovative policy engagement processes seeking to inform, catalyze and mobilize Albertans to collectively address complex policy challenges.
Feel free to also share this invitation with other policy wonks in the Alberta Government or colleagues in the Federal or Municipal Governments.
Register at www.carrleiren.com under the Seminars tab.