Alberta's Health System

Some Useful Health Links

Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan is the basic health insurance plan for Alberta resident to cover medically necessary hospital and health care services. Phone: 780.427.1432 (Edmonton), Toll free in Alberta dial 310.0000 then 780.427.1432

Alberta Health and Wellness provides health information about wellness and healthy living, nutrition, emergency health services, immunization, and much more. Phone: 780.427.1432 (Edmonton), Toll free in Alberta dial 310.0000 then 780.427.1432

Alberta Health Services is responsible for the planning and delivery of health supports and services for Albertans. Phone: Toll free 1.866.943.1120

Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.

Primary Care Initiative oversees and supports the development of Primary Care Networks in Alberta. Phone: 780.488.4350 (Edmonton), Toll free: 1.866.714.5724

Health Information and Resources

Active for Life is the place where parents go to learn about how to make a difference in the health and happiness of their children.

The Alberta Caregiver College – Support of Caregivers of Older Adultsprovides training for the primary caregivers of older adults, often who are frail or with chronic health issues.

The Alberta Centre for Active Living is a primary source of research and education on physical activity. 
The Alberta Lung Association provides information about lung diseases such as asthma and COPD, as well as information about smoking cessation and the environment.
Alberta QuitNet is an online multi-media smoking cessation tool available through Alberta Health Services.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada provides support, information and education to people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, families, physicians and health-care providers.

Birth and Babies, the educational website of the Alberta Health Services Child birth Education Program, provides information to help families receive seamless service and the most accurate and up to date information. Care is based on Canadian guidelines for the nurturing and care of pregnant women and families.
The Canadian Cancer Society is a national, community-based organization of volunteers, whose mission is the eradication of cancer and the enhancement of the quality of life of people living with cancer.
The Canadian Celiac Association is a good information source for people with Celiac Disease, including diet recommendations.
The Canadian Diabetes Association provides information for newly diagnosed diabetics including resources about the disease, living with it, etc.
The Canadian Diabetes Association manages the Alberta Monitoring For Health Program, which allows eligible Albertans with diabetes to access limited funding to help cover the cost of qualified diabetes management supplies. For eligibility requirements and coverage information
Hypertension Canada provides information about blood pressure and hypertensions prevention and treatment.
The Canadian Mental Health Association (Alberta Division) provides information and resources about mental health and mental illness and supports the resilience and recovery of people experiencing mental illness.
The Canadian Obesity Network provides resources for the public and health professionals about obesity and weight loss management.
The Canadian Society for Exercise Physiology (CSEP) is the principal body for physical activity, health and fitness research and personal training in Canada. The CSEP fosters the generation, growth, synthesis, transfer and application of the highest quality research, education and training related to exercise physiology and science.
The Caring for Kids (developed by the Canadian Pediatric Society) is a website designed to provide parents with information about their child’s health and well-being.
The Center for Suicide Prevention provides resources for the public and health care professionals on the topic of suicide awareness.
The Dieticians of Canada provideis a trusted source of information on food and nutrition for Canadians.
Health Link Alberta provides Alberta-based and physician-approved information about more than 1,000 health topics ranging from diseases to healthy living and disease prevention. Phone:780.408.5465 (Edmonton), 403.943.5465 (Calgary), Toll free 1.866.408.5465
Healthy U provides information and resources to support and encourage Albertans to lead healthier lifestyles.
Inform Alberta is a province-wide on-line directory of community, health, social, and government services across the province. Services are organized by topic and geographic area. 
The Libin Cardiovascular Institute of Alberta is an overarching institute coordinating all cardiovascular science research, education and patient care in Calgary (associated with Alberta Health Services (Calgary) and the University of Calgary).
Motherisk’s mandate is to safely treat the mother without hurting the baby and today, the program is widely recognized as the pre-eminent international centre for the study of the safety or risk of medications used during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
My is a province-wide on-line repository of health topics, tools, resources and alerts.
The Parkinson’s Society of Canada provides information and resources for people living with Parkinson’s Disease.
Screening for Life promotes early cancer detection by making breast, cervical, and colorectal cancer screening a priority.
University of Calgary – Chronic Disease Management provides access to audio-video education on diabetes, weight management, blood pressure & cholesterol, stress and life after gestational diabetes.