Overview

The Strategic Advisory Panel will recommend an overall strategy and implementation roadmap to transform Alberta’s primary health care system.

The panel will bring together local health care leaders, patients and experts to work with Indigenous Panel and International Expert Panel members 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 Albertans have access to timely, appropriate primary health care services.

Timeline

  • Open

  • Results under review

  • Completed

Who is listening

Ministry of Health

Mandate

The Strategic Advisory Panel will submit 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:

  • Access - All Albertans 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 - Every Albertan has a health home that provides primary health care services and seamless transitions to other health, social and community services. 
  • Quality - Albertans 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 - Albertans are 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.
  • 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.

Outcomes

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

Members

The Strategic Advisory Panel is comprised of members with expertise in primary health care, health systems transformation and Alberta’s primary health care system.

Dr. Brad Bahler, co-chair

Dr. Brad Bahler is a practicing physician in Sylvan Lake Alberta, where he continues to practice comprehensive family medicine including obstetrics, hospital care, geriatrics, and palliative care while working with the health care team at the Sylvan Family Health Centre. His roles have included Medical Director for Primary Care Network Evolution, Senior Medical Director of the Primary Health Care Integration Network, and he has worked with Primary Care Networks, Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health on multiple initiatives designed to improve the way the system can support the citizens of Alberta. Dr. Bahler currently is the Chair of the Primary Care Alliance.

Dr. Janet Reynolds, co-chair

Dr. Janet Reynolds is a family physician at Crowfoot Village Family Practice in Calgary and the Medical Director for the Calgary Foothills Primary Care Network. Dr. Reynolds completed her Medical degree from the University of Saskatchewan, eventually moving to Ottawa to complete her Family Medicine training at the University of Ottawa. Her experience includes both urban and rural settings, and she currently is a Family Medicine advisor to Choosing Wisely - a campaign to reduce unnecessary testing, treatment and procedures for patients.

Last updated: September 23, 2022