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November eNews: Message From the Executive Director & Board Director

Alberta’s Primary Care Alliance: Influencing Health Policy and System Improvements

There are three ways to influence and have impact – Role, Relationships, and Expertise

The Alberta College of Family Physicians is an active partner in Alberta’s Primary Care Alliance (PCA). We have two seats at this table occupied by Dr. Sonya Lee, ACFP Board Member and Terri Potter, ACFP Executive Director.

The PCA vision is to connect islands of family physician leadership to help lead and engage in health care system transformation in Alberta. The PCA has gained the ability to influence:

  1. Through its formalization of the PCA role as a point of contact to the complex primary care system in Alberta,
  2. the collective expertise it has within it through its membership, and
  3. through the solid relationships that it has developed over the years.

Collaboration is Key

With the strength and support of the member organizations, the Alberta College of Family Physicians, AMA’s Section of General Practice & Section of Rural Medicine, Primary Care Networks of Alberta, and Academic Family Medicine, we are able to share expertise and diverse perspectives to think critically and strategically toward unique solutions.We then act collectively and as individual organizations toward that common vision and strategy using tactics that fit with our organizational mandates, resources and relationships. The membership of the Alliance is:

  • Section of General Practice president: Dr. Darryl D. LaBuick
  • Section of Rural Medicine president: Dr. Edward Aasman
  • PCN Physician Leads’ Executive chair: Dr. Jeffrey Bratvold
  • AMA Board of Directors: Drs. Tobias Gelber and Howard Evans
  • Alberta College of Family Physicians: Dr. Sonya Lee and Terri Potter
  • Academic representative: Dr. Lee Green
  • PCA Chair: Dr. Brad Bahler

The PCA’s current priorities are the implementation of the Vision of the Patient’s Medical Home and to increase the integration and effectiveness of the health system. To that end, the member organizations have each carved off their areas of influence and assigned resources to advance their part of the solution.
The ACFP has been a key player in providing expertise and influence in areas such as continuing professional development, clinical leadership, evidence-based decision making, primary care and family medicine research, quality improvement, and the awareness of the value of the family physician. Our relationships outside the PCA have been invaluable in this work:

If you as a member of the ACFP would like to talk about the work of the ACFP and its role at the Primary Care Alliance, please feel free to reach Dr. Sonya Lee or Terri Potter. Several members of the PCA will also be available during the upcoming Family Medicine Summit (Formerly ASA) in Banff on March 1-3, 2019 and would be willing to sit over a coffee or meal.

Sonya Lee, BSc, MD, CCFP, MHSc, FCFP
ACFP Board Director, PCA Representative
and
Terri Potter, BA PMP CAE
ACFP Executive Director, PCA Representative

Message from the Executive Director—What’s Happening at ACFP?

Read the full summer eNews.

The staff at the ACFP are working hard to prepare programs and services for you, our members. As always, we strive to ensure that the family physician voice is part of ongoing system improvements.

I am most excited about three things currently on our minds and desks:

PEIP—Get Together and Learn
The upcoming Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference has launched early bird registration. Our ACFP staff and the PEER team have been working closely with the scientific planning committee to put together an amazing conference that you can join in person or by live webcast. I would especially like to thank Sharon Nickel for her coordination of a crazy bunch of docs who love to teach and challenge conventional thinking.

Our New Website is Under Reconstruction
We are redesigning our ACFP website to be better than ever! Several of our committee members have agreed to work with us to make sure that it meets member needs, is easy to navigate, and points to internal and external resources that you need in your practice and profession everyday. We are excited about using new technology and a creating a best practice resource page.

Leading the Crisis Response
The Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative is being lead by a secretariat housed within the ACFP office. Our small-but-mighty office is managing the coordinated response between the Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health Services (Addiction and Mental Health; Primary Health Care), Alberta Health, the PEER Team, and the ACFP. This is a challenging and inspiring area of work for us and we are very pleased with the collaboration and collective work that we have done and that lies ahead.

I am honoured to serve as your Executive Director and, with the support of an amazing staff team and Board of Directors, we have been able to accomplish so much and will continue to do so into the future. I will strive to provide a regular update on activities at the ACFP office and invite you to connect and provide feedback or ideas on how we can serve you better.

Call me anytime at 780-488-2395 or email me at Terri.Potter@old.acfp.ca.

ACFP Highlights 2016

Did You Know?

Membership has been steadily increasing over the last 10 years and it rose by 6% in 2016! ACFP’s membership has grown to 4,611 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students.

If you want to learn more about what the ACFP does for you as a member, check out our 2016 Year at a Glance or contact me at Terri.Potter@old.acfp.ca or 780-488-2395.

Continuing to Provide Value to Members

Message From the Executive Director

The ACFP works hard to ensure that the best evidence is referenced in system-level discussions and clinical recommendations.

We have been able to do this through a long standing formal partnership with the University of Alberta’s Evidence Based Medicine Team and the Alberta College of Family Physicians. The ACFP works together with the team on the development and delivery of Tools for Practice Articles, The Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference (PEIP), and other innovative projects that support evidence based practices for primary care teams.

The team recently rebranded themselves to the PEER – where medicine and evidence collide. www.peerevidence.ca. Providing optimal health care in the context of Patient preference and values, physician Experience, and scientific Evidence from relevant Research reflecting patient-oriented outcomes.

  • Patients
  • Experience
  • Evidence
  • Research

 

 

I would personally like to thank the PEER team consisting of Dr. Mike Allan, Dr. Tina Korownyk, Dr. Mike Kolber, Dr. Scott Garrison, Dr. Adrienne Lindblad (PharmD), Sharon Nickel, and Dr. James McCormack (Pharm D) of UBC for over five years of commitment to evidence informed resources for our members. We are happy to continue this very effective investment and partnership between academic family physicians, pharmacists and the program delivery experts at ACFP.

TERRI POTTER, BA, PMP, CAE
Executive Director
Alberta College of Family Physicians