PMH in Alberta
From local family practices to their supporting PCNs, Alberta continues to work towards PMH initiatives and primary care reform, as outlined in its Primary Health Care Strategy. In Alberta, Primary Care Networks (PCNs) link groups of family physicians and other health care professionals, who work together to provide care specific to community/population needs.
Currently, there are 42 PCNs with 3.2 million patients informally enrolled and 800 other health professionals involved. Launched in 2014, Alberta’s PCN Evolution (PCN 2.0 or PCNe) aligns with many of the PMH pillars and is designed to involve physicians and other stakeholders in shaping the way PCNs will continue to improve patient care delivery. As well, many family practices and the new Family Care Clinics (FCCs) exist as local, team-based primary health care delivery organizations that are tailored to meet the needs of a community.
PCN Evolution is laying the groundwork for every Albertan to have a medical or health “home” anchored by a physician with the support of a broader health care team for improved access, increased services and ultimately better care. To support this work, PCNe has adopted the 10 pillar framework for the PMH developed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).
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