Overview

The Indigenous Panel will provide advice and recommendations to help transform Alberta’s primary health care system in order to provide accessible, relevant, and culturally safe primary health care to First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.

The panel will bring together First Nations, Métis and Inuit perspectives, voices and wisdom to identify immediate and long term recommendations for making improvements, monitoring progress on initiatives and reducing pressure on the acute care system.

Recommendations from the panel will support the Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System initiative to strengthen primary health care in Alberta and ensure all Indigenous Peoples have access to timely, appropriate primary health care services.

Timeline

  • Open

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Health

Mandate

The Indigenous Panel will contribute to a final report, expected to be finalized in spring, 2023, that will include a recommended strategy to modernize Alberta's primary health care system. The panel's work will be guided by the following goals:

  • Culturally safe and appropriate care - First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples have access to high quality, culturally safe care designed and delivered in a manner that respects their unique health care needs.
  • Access - First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Alberta have access to timely, appropriate primary health care services from a regular provider or team. Care options are flexible and reflect individual and population health needs.
  • Integration - First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in Alberta have a health home that provides primary health care services and seamless transitions to other health, social and community services. Coordination and communication between First Nations and Métis communities, health service providers, and organizations are promoted and facilitated by service planning and the provincial governance structure.
  • Quality - First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples receive high quality services from an accountable, innovative and sustainable primary health care system. Health service delivery is evidence informed, follows best practices and uses resources efficiently.
  • Albertans as partners - First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and their social support networks are meaningful partners in achieving their health and wellness goals. Health services are proactive, recognize and address underlying influences on health outcomes, and respect individual needs and preferences.

Outcomes

Recommendations from the panel will help inform improvements to Alberta's primary health care system over the next 10 years.

Panel members

The Indigenous Panel members will include representatives from First Nations, Métis and Inuit groups, and/or Indigenous-serving organizations that have health-based mandates, Indigenous patients, families and caregivers, Indigenous youth, academics and health professionals.

Trish Merrithew-Mercredi, co-chair

Trish was the assistant deputy minister of the Public Health and Compliance Division at Alberta Health. She is now dedicated full-time to advancing the Indigenous stream of the Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System's work. She has been with the Government of Alberta since January 2016. Prior to that, she held senior executive positions with Health Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada.

Last updated: September 23, 2022