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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Child and Youth Data Laboratory’s research project results

The Child and Youth Data Laboratory (CYDL), part of the Alberta Centre for Child, Family and Community Research, is a research facility that links and analyzes administrative data from child- and youth-serving ministries in the Government of Alberta.

The CYDL works closely with the partnering ministries to develop research priorities and generate evidence for policy. Currently, six participating ministries are involved in the CYDL initiative: Aboriginal Relations, Education, Enterprise and Advanced Education, Health, Human Services, and Justice and Solicitor General.

CYDL’s Project One, The Experiences of Albertan Youth 2008/09, was a snapshot of the experiences of Albertan youth (12–24 years old) in 2008/09. Selected administrative data from participating ministries were anonymously linked for virtually all of Alberta’s youth. The Project One reports describe the characteristics and cross-ministry service use patterns of this population. Key indicators included age, gender, socio-economic status, region of residence, educational achievement, mental health, and health service use. Research topics covered broad-use areas such as health and education, as well as more specialized services such as justice system contact or receipt of income support.

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.