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. Each division is responsible to the Deputy Minister.
- 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 holistic HR services to the department, its managers and its employees. In delivering these services to the department, HR must be cognizant of not only the needs of the department but also the fact that the Government of Alberta operates as one employer. The practice of HR is greatly affected by legislation, such as the Public Service Act, and general HR policies and practices.Seniors Services and Continuing Care.
The Family 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 advice and support, and general 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 corporate and 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 administration and oversight of the health care insurance plan and other publicly funded benefits. It provides health claims processing, registration services, licensing, compliance monitoring and investigations, including protection for persons in care, pharmaceutical funding and guidance and the administration of benefits provided under the Aids to Daily Living Program.
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 GoA 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.
Organizational structure effective March 2013