Cross-ministry initiatives

Cross-ministry initiatives are areas of special importance to the government that because of their nature, cut across ministries and therefore require a "corporate" system-wide approach. These initiatives include:

Alberta Alcohol Strategy

In Alberta, there is concern about the harmful effects of alcohol and the negative impact it has on so many lives. In an effort to reduce harm and create a culture of alcohol moderation, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, Alberta Health Services, Alberta Health, and stakeholders developed the Alberta Alcohol Strategy (AAS).

Alberta's Health Reseach and Innovation Strategy

In August 2010, Alberta’s first health research and innovation strategy report was released.

Alberta’s Health Research and Innovations Strategy (AHRIS) is a high-level provincial framework intended to shape the business planning processes over the next 10 years of key health research organizations in Alberta including: Alberta Innovates; Alberta Health Services; and health research programs at post-secondary institutions.

A strong and effective health research and innovation system is crucial for supporting the health system, creating economic development opportunities and ultimately, improving health outcomes for Albertans.

On April 8, 2009, the Ministers of Health and Wellness, and Advanced Education and Technology invited leaders from across Alberta's health research and innovation system to a forum to seek their advice in developing the strategy.

Key AHRIS actions:

The strategy focuses on Albertans becoming and staying healthy and supporting a responsive, quality health system. It outlines 19 actions, grouped under four outcomes:

  1. Strategic focus;
  2. Knowledge translation;
  3. Highly skilled people; and
  4. Innovation platforms.

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Family Violence and Bullying

Addressing family violence and bullying is a top priority of the Government of Alberta. Through its collaborative efforts with stakeholders from across Alberta, the government has developed a Strategy for the Prevention of Family Violence and Bullying to help create a violence-free province.