Organizational structure for Ministry of Health
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.
- Senior Medical Advisor – The Senior Medical Advisor (SMA) provides executive leadership, strategic advice, and clinical expertise to the Deputy Minister and Executive Team on a wide range of provincial health policy and program specific issues. Working closely with the Senior Nursing Advisor on human health resource planning, the SMA also works with external stakeholders and organizations on physician compensation, primary care reform, professional standards and practice, safety and quality initiatives, in addition to oversight and coordination of key activities of the Ministry.
- Senior Nursing Advisor – The Senior Nursing Advisor (SNA) provides executive leadership, strategic advice and nursing expertise to the Deputy Minister and Executive Team on a wide range of provincial health policy and program specific issues relevant to delivery and care standards as best practices as well as provide input into health human resource planning. The SNA also works in collaboration with the Senior Medical Advisor and with external stakeholders and organizations on the advancement of the nursing profession such as the nurse practitioner role, primary care reform, professional standards and practice, safety and quality initiatives, in addition to oversight and coordination of key activities of the Ministry.
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 Office of Health is a member of the Alberta Health executive team and reports to the Deputy Minister of Health, and is the principal spokesperson on public health for the department regarding communicable and non-communicable disease matters. In extraordinary situations, such as a public health emergency, to ensure the welfare of Albertans, the Chief Medical Officer of Health may report directly to the Minister of Health.
Financial and Corporate Services Division
The Financial and Corporate Services Division forecasts and manages the Ministry’s budget and funds. It also monitors financial activities and prepares the Department and Ministry annual financial statements. The division oversees health facilities planning and co-ordinates infrastructure projects with Alberta Infrastructure and Alberta Health Services. Finally, the division is responsible for human resource services, corporate services, procurement services and economic support which enables the Department to fulfill its mandate.
Health Information Technology and Systems Division
The Health Information Technology and Systems Division is responsible for the administration of Alberta’s Health Information Act including health information policy and advice as well as the strategic planning and delivery of information management and technology systems and services 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 of Alberta enterprise or with health system organizations in Alberta.
Health Services Division
This Division oversees all service sectors of the health care system, with a significant focus on the policies and provincial strategies/blueprints associated with the delivery of services by Alberta Health Services and other agencies/organizations. Sectors of care include continuing care (long term care, assisted living, and home care), addictions and mental health, primary health care, public health and wellness, and acute care (hospitals, ambulatory care and emergency medical services (EMS)). The Division coordinates and integrates health system priorities and plans across other ministries and across national and provincial governments and organizations.
Health System Accountability and Performance Division
The Health System Accountability and Performance Division is responsible for fulfilling the Ministry’s role with respect to providing oversight and public assurance to Albertans that they are receiving the best care in a safe and effective manner. The Division is responsible for overseeing the performance of Alberta Health Services. It is responsible for licensing, compliance monitoring, and investigations to ensure regulations and standards are being met across the health system. It ensures comprehensive analytical capacities within the Ministry work in tandem to coordinate the population health information of Albertans as well as the health services they receive. It also provides strategic direction and leadership in the development of provincial policies, strategies and standards in disease control and prevention, health surveillance, environment health and emergency preparedness.
Professional Services and Health Benefits
The Professional Services and Health Benefits Division oversees the provincial workforce policies and regulations, provider compensation and major agreements, pharmaceuticals and supplemental benefits and the governance and administration of the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan. The division works in close collaboration with its key stakeholders, including physicians, pharmacists, professional colleges and associations, and other partners to design and administer evidence-informed, value-oriented policies and health benefits that serve the needs of all Albertans.
Strategic Planning and Policy Development
The Strategic Planning and Policy Development Division is the central policy shop for the Ministry. It works collaboratively with the appropriate division(s) to develop policies that meet system and Albertans’ needs. The division is responsible for strategic and business planning; the development of strategic policy frameworks and health system policy; measurement and evaluation; policy tracking and corporate reporting; the intergovernmental relations function; FOIPP; and is the connection point between the Ministry and Alberta Innovates Health Solutions to translate research findings and innovation into new health policies. The division is also responsible for providing legal advice and support.
Updated: April 14, 2016