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 Delivery Officer – The Chief Delivery Officer (CDO) is responsible for ensuring 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.
- 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 in Alberta, strategic advice and nursing expertise to the Deputy Minister, Chief Delivery Officer and Assistant Deputy Ministers 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.
Financial and Corporate Services Division
The Financial and Corporate Services Division forecasts and manages the Ministry’s budget, funds and monitors 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 Human Resources function has been included in this division.
Health Information Technology and Systems Division
The Health Information Technology and Systems Division is responsible for the 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 of Alberta enterprise or with health system organizations in Alberta.
Health Services Division
The Health Services Division oversees the delivery of services across all care sectors, with a significant focus on delivery of services by Alberta Health Services and its partners. Sectors of care include continuing care (long term care and home care), addictions and mental health, primary healthcare, public health and wellness, and acute care (provided in hospitals as well as outside).
Health System Accountability and Performance Division
The Health System Accountability and Performance Division is responsible for fulfilling the Ministry’s role as steward of the health system 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.
Professional Services and Health Benefits
The Professional Services and Health Benefits Division is responsible for the delivery of health benefits programs and workforce policies. Specifically, the Division is responsible for the management and payment of physician services, pharmacist services, allied health professional services, pharmacy and supplemental health benefits. It is also the Ministry’s lead on new and innovative health provider compensation initiatives.
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; seniors policy and support to low income seniors; measurement and evaluation (which incorporates Results Based Budgeting); 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.