Diabetes working group

Members will explore opportunities to improve diabetes care and strengthen Alberta’s health care system.


A diabetes working group has been established to review diabetes care in Alberta and provide recommendations to improve diabetes prevention, diagnosis, treatment and management.

Group members will identify gaps in Alberta’s diabetes treatment and provide recommendations to improve care for Albertans at risk for and living with diabetes. Those recommendations will inform a provincial diabetes strategy.

The working group will consider a wide variety of important focus areas identified for diabetes improvement, including the health care system, education and training, research and innovation, surveillance and data collection, and knowledge sharing.


  • Open

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Health

Get involved

Albertans are invited to email their suggestions on improving diabetes care and prevention to the diabetes working group at [email protected]. Your email may be used for future correspondence and will be shared with the working group.

Working group mandate

The diabetes working group will work together for one year to advise the Minister of Health on issues and solutions for improving Alberta’s diabetes care pathway.

A diabetes care pathway outlines the components needed to enhance the quality of care for people living with or at risk of developing diabetes. It guides decisions and timing for diagnosis, interventions, management, escalation of treatment and referral to secondary care.

The working group will provide a final report to the Minister and help inform a provincial diabetes strategy.

Working group membership

The group will work together to shape a care plan that meets the needs of a growing population of Albertans living with this chronic disease.

The diabetes working group will be chaired by:

  • Dr. Julie McKeen (endocrinologist and member of the Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network)
  • Dr. Peter Sargious (internal medicine physician and senior medical director of the Diabetes, Obesity and Nutrition Strategic Clinical Network)

Other working group members will include representatives from:

  • Diabetes Canada
  • JDRF (formerly Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation)
  • Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association 
  • The Metis Nation of Alberta
  • A First Nations Community 
  • A primary care physician and researcher with a focus on Indigenous health
  • The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta Council (Physician)
  • The Alberta College of Pharmacy (Pharmacist, regulated member) 
  • The College of Registered Nurses of Alberta (Nurse)
  • The College of Dietitians of Alberta (Dietician, regulated member) 
  • The Alberta Medical Association (Physician)

The working group will also include Albertans who live with Type 1 diabetes, Type 2 diabetes, and use an insulin pump.


The diabetes working group will share its final report, including recommendations for improving diabetes care and informing a provincial diabetes strategy, with the Minister of Health in the spring of 2024.