There are a number of resources and organizations that provide research, comment and insight on topics of interest to AIM participants. Below are links to various healthcare websites in Canada and the United States that provide information relevant to the AIM Alberta curriculum, as well as some of our partners in healthcare delivery.

Alberta Health

Alberta Health is the ministry that sets policy, legislation and standards for the health system in Alberta. The ministry allocates health funding and administers provincial programs such as the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan and provides expertise on communicable disease control.

Alberta Health Services

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is Canada’s first and largest province wide, fully-integrated health system, responsible for delivering health services to the over four million people living in Alberta, as well as to some residents of Saskatchewan, B.C. and the Northwest Territories.

Alberta Medical Association

The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership and support for their role in the provision of quality healthcare.

American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)

The American Academy of Family Physicians is one of the largest national medical organizations, representing 105,900 family physicians, family medicine residents and medical students in the United States.

California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF)

The California HealthCare Foundation works as a catalyst to fulfil the promise of better health care for all Californians. It supports ideas and innovations that improve quality, increase efficiency and lower the costs of care.

Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement (CFHI)

The Canadian Foundation for Healthcare Improvement identifies proven innovations and accelerates their spread across Canada by supporting healthcare organizations to adapt, implement and measure improvements in patient care, population health and value-for-money. CFHI’s evidence-based approach to assessment, design, implementation and evaluation has facilitated the spread of the best possible healthcare solutions in most regions of the country.

Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI)

The Canadian Institute for Health Information collects, analyzes and publishes data and information in a standardized way that allows every jurisdiction to understand, compare and use the data and information effectively to make the decisions that lead to healthier Canadians.

Health Canada

Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances. Health Canada’s goal is for Canada to be among the countries with the healthiest people in the world.

Health Quality Council of Alberta (HCQA)

The Health Quality Council of Alberta promotes patient safety and health service quality on a province-wide basis, primarily through the lens of the Alberta Quality Matrix for Health. It produces several publications.

Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI)

The Institute for Healthcare Improvement is an independent, not-for-profit organization which focuses on motivating and building the will for change; identifying and testing new models of care in partnership with both patients and health-care professionals; and ensuring the broadest possible adoption of best practices and effective innovations.

Patient’s Medical Home

The Patient’s Medical Home is the future of family practice in Canada. In this vision, every family practice across Canada offers the medical care that Canadians want — seamless care that is centred on individual patients’ needs, within their community, throughout every stage of life, and integrated with other health services.

Primary Care Network Program Management Office (PCN PMO)

The Primary Care Networks Program Management Office (PCN PMO) is a program within the Alberta Medical Association that provides operational and business administrative support services to Primary Care Networks (PCNs), as well as tools and resources to support PCNs in communications, evaluation and quality, and business planning. Additionally, the Primary Care Network Evolution initiative is managed through the PCN PMO.

Toward Optimized Practice (TOP)

Toward Optimized Practice (TOP) helps Alberta physicians and practice teams implement evidence-based practices to enhance the care of their patients.