About us – Alberta Health

Setting strategic direction

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.

The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health provides direction and guidelines on public health policy to Alberta Health Services, and gives information to the public about communicable diseases and public health programs.

Health services in Alberta are delivered by Alberta Health Services. Some public health services may also be provided by private health care clinics, for example, dentists' offices.

The Alberta Heatlh Services Board was re-introduced on October 23, 2015 with Linda Hughes appointed as the Board Chair. The Board is responsible for the governance of Alberta Heatlh Services, working in partnership with Alberta Health to ensure all Albertans have access to high quality health services across the province. The Board is accountable to the Minister of Health.