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Recruitment begins for health advisory council

Alberta Health Services is recruiting volunteers from across the province to serve two-year terms on its 12 health advisory councils.
“Health advisory council volunteers play an important role in connecting Alberta Health Services with patients and families across the province,” Alberta Health Services board chairman Ken Hughes said. “We can only be genuinely responsive to Albertans if we understand their needs and listen to their concerns and this includes hearing directly from the people who volunteer their time on the councils.”
Established in 2009, health advisory councils were designed to facilitate dialogue between communities and Alberta Health Services.
Each council has 10 to 15 volunteer members who:

  1. Engage members of the community and communicate what is being said about health services in their area.
  2. Provide feedback about what is working well within the health care system and suggest areas for improvement.
  3. Advise Alberta Health Services on matters pertaining to health service delivery and design.

The councils meet six times annually.
The recruitment drive will fill vacant positions on councils throughout the province, according to Lynn Redford, vice-president in charge of community relations.
“We are looking for committed, enthusiastic Albertans with an interest in health issues, and in the health and well-being of their communities,” Redford said. “Everything we do at Alberta Health Services is about improving the quality of life for Albertans. Community engagement through the councils provides input that furthers our ability to provide patient-focused care at a local level.”
Albertans interested in becoming a health advisory council member are asked to complete and submit an expression of interest no later than Sept. 2 at 4 p.m.
Expression of interest forms and additional information about health advisory councils, their locations and membership are available at www.albertahealthservices.ca; by calling 1-877-275-8830, or e-mailing community.engagement@albertahealthservices.ca.

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