Other team-based primary health care models

Team-based primary health care is primary health care (PHC) services delivered by a team of primary healthcare providers working together in order to meet the primary health care needs of Albertans.

Family Care Clinics

Family Care Clinics are local, team-based primary health care delivery organizations that provide individuals and family-focused primary health care services to meet the health needs of the community. Clinic staff co-ordinate a wide range of primary health care services that cover an individual’s entire lifespan.

Family Care Clinics provide patient access to the most appropriate member of a health care team who can address their health and social needs. The Clinics are expected to provide extended hours of service and provide same-day access. Team members may include family physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, dietitians, pharmacists, mental health professionals and other providers.

There are 3 Family Care Clinics:

  • Slave Lake – Slave Lake Family Care Clinic, 231 - 3rd Ave.
  • Edmonton – East Edmonton Family Care Clinic, 7910 - 112 Ave. NW
  • Calgary – East Calgary Family Care Clinic, 4715 - 8 Ave. SE

Community Health Centres

Community Health Centres are front-line healthcare and social support centres that integrate team-based care with health promotion, social services, and community programs that address social barriers to health. Community Health Centres serve vulnerable communities such as immigrants and refugees, aboriginals, lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, two-spirited (LGBTQ2S), the homeless and culturally appropriate healthcare services through a collaborative team approach. Community Health Centres emphasize prevention, wellness, social determinants of health, health equity, and community leadership.

Services provided through team-based PHC organizations

Team-based PHC organizations provide PHC programs and services tailored to meet the needs of the community. Examples include diagnosis and treatment of non-emergency, illness, screening, vaccinations, and links to other health services and community agencies. There is an emphasis on wellness, health promotion, disease and injury prevention, self-management and care of chronic disease. The clinics also connect people to social supports that influence health status, such as housing services and employment supports.

FCCs and CHCs are accountable for their operations

Both Family Care Clinics and Community Health Centres adhere to policies and operating requirements. Family Care Clinics are expected to submit business and financial plans including budgets and reporting.