Deputy Minister's Office
The Deputy Minister's Office provides leadership and encourages innovation for the purpose of encouraging and supporting healthy living; ensuring quality health services; leading the health system; and working collaboratively with partners. It provides policy co-ordination and issues management, human resources, and communications support and correspondence services for the minister and department.
- Communications – The Communications branch provides Albertans and health system partners with information about Health’s initiatives, programs and policies. Communications professionals develop ministry and cross-government communications plans, and offer communications consulting, assistance and advice. They provide media relations and issues management, deliver professional writing and editing, and facilitate print, audio and video production, graphic design and advertising, and online communications using the web and social media. The branch works closely with Alberta Health Services and other reporting entities to coordinate ministry communications.
- Human Resources – Human Resources (HR) function is designed to deliver comprehensive and value-added HR services to the Department, its managers and its employees. In delivering these services, HR must be cognizant of not only the needs of the Department but also that the Government of Alberta operates as one employer. The practice of HR is governed by legislation such as the Public Service Act, corporate and department-specific HR policies and HR professional standards of practice. HR has two areas of focus – strategies and operations. HR Strategies deals with longer range organizational development needs as well as department-wide program design and delivery in areas such as psychological health and safety, leadership development, succession management recognition, learning and development, career services, and internal communications. HR Operations works in partnership with departmental management to support divisions in achieving their business goals by providing sound advice and expertise in the areas of recruitment, classification and employee relations.
- Chief Strategy Officer – The Chief Strategy Officer (CSO) is responsible for ensuring a collaborative, corporate approach to manage policy, planning, quality assurance, governance, community relations, public and Aboriginal engagement. The CSO is accountable for the Ministry’s major strategic policy initiatives, program design and evaluation, stakeholder engagement and community relations. The CSO is responsible for Acute Care and Population Health; Primary Health Care; Strategic Services; and Health Disaster Recovery Team.
- Chief Delivery Officer – The Chief Delivery Officer (CDO) is responsible for ensuring that services are delivered in an effective, efficient and empathetic manner. The CDO enables service delivery renewal and evolution, drives innovation and redesign and pursues opportunities for service integration within the ministry and across government. The CDO is responsible for Seniors Services and Continuing Care; Health Workforce; Health Information Technology and Systems; and Health Benefits and Compliance.
- Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health – The Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH) works within the ministry, across government ministries, and with other stakeholders to facilitate processes, policies and programs that build healthy communities. The OCMOH provides public health expertise to support health surveillance, population health and disease control initiatives on issues of public health importance. This includes necessary measures to respond to new and emerging pathogens, control and intervention programs to limit the spread of communicable diseases, infection prevention and control measures, and health risk assessments. The Chief Medical Officer of Health is the principal spokesperson on public health for the department regarding communicable and non-communicable disease matters.
The Acute Care and Population Health Division provides strategic direction and leadership in the development of provincial policies, strategies and standards in health promotion, disease control and prevention, wellness, health surveillance, environmental health, and emergency preparedness. The division facilitates coordinated approaches to improving the health of the public through cross-ministry, cross-government, stakeholder and public engagement.
Financial and Corporate Services Division
The Financial and Corporate Services Division forecasts and manages the ministry’s budget; funds and monitors its financial activities; and prepares the department and ministry annual financial statements. The division is also responsible for providing legal and financial advice and support, legislative services, Third Party Liability services, procurement, grant management, and general administrative and contracting based corporate services to enable the department to fulfill its mandate. The Health Facilities Planning branch manages the health capital planning process and provides health system support for the designation of health facilities and the stewardship of health authority physical resources and property.
Health Benefits and Compliance Division
The Health Benefits and Compliance Division is responsible for the administration and oversight of the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan (AHCIP) and other publicly funded health benefits and supports. It provides AHCIP health claims processing, registration services, health facility licensing, compliance monitoring and investigations, including protection for persons in care, and pharmaceutical funding and guidance as well as the administration drug benefit program.
Health Disaster Recovery Team Division
The Health Disaster Recovery Team Division provides key leadership for the Ministry and GoA in the successful recovery from the flood in southern Alberta. The team facilitates an extensive and coordinated government response to recovery efforts and connects with content/technical experts to resolve emerging issues.
Health Information Technology and Systems Division
The Health Information Technology and Systems Division is responsible for the planning and delivery of information management and technology systems that support the enterprise strategic goals of the ministry and the health system. This includes leading ministry and health system executives in identifying or renewing business development opportunities within the ministry, across the government enterprise or with health system organizations in Alberta.
Health Workforce Division
The Health Workforce Division focuses on working collaboratively with Alberta Health Services, physicians, professional colleges and associations and other stakeholders to promote innovative approaches to achieve a balanced workforce to meet Alberta’s health needs in a fiscally sustainable manner.
Primary Health Care Division
The Primary Health Care Division is leading one of the ministry’s priority initiatives: Primary Health Care Reform. The division also provides policy direction, clinical advice and evidence to inform decision making, standards and performance expectations for acute and emergency medical services as well as addiction and mental health.
Seniors Services and Continuing Care Division
The Seniors Services and Continuing Care Division is responsible for strategic policy, planning and delivery of programs and services that support the independence and well-being of Albertans as they age, including a continuing care system that facilitates aging in the “right” place.
Strategic Services Division
The Strategic Services Division provides leadership of a corporate perspective to inform the government decision making process. The division ensures integration of health system policy, strategic planning, performance measurement, reporting, and evidence-based information and analysis to support alignment towards achieving health system outcomes. The division also provides leadership and direction on health related federal/provincial/territorial (F/P/T) policy and issues facing the Ministry and the Government of Alberta.
Organizational structure effective August 2013