The Alberta Region has about 500 Health Canada and Public Health Agency of Canada employees in the region to carry out the Department's mission, including physicians, epidemiologists, community health nurses, product safety inspectors, tobacco enforcement officers, environmental health officers and program consultants.
Our offices include nursing and community health stations in First Nations communities. In addition, there are Health Canada offices in Edmonton and Calgary.
The Region works towards maintaining and improving the health of Canadians through a broad range of Health Canada activities delivered through various branches, agencies, and corporate service offices:
The First Nations and Inuit Health Branch (FNIHB) supports the delivery of public health and health promotion services on-reserve and in Inuit communities. It also provides drug, dental, vision and patient transportation and other health services to First Nations and Inuit people regardless of residence through its Non Insured Health Benefits Program.
The branch also provides primary care services on-reserve in remote and isolated areas where there are no provincial services readily available. In Alberta region, FNIHB funds health centres, health stations, health offices, nursing stations, and treatment centres for the National Native Alcohol and Drug Abuse Program. Some of these centres also treat solvent abuse. Environmental health officers ensure all is done to maintain water quality and to resolve other environmental issues. Innovative regional programs include Care for a Smile, Injury Prevention, SLICK and E-Health. In addition, the region has a Co-Management group in which FNIHB staff and First Nations leaders work closely together in developing new initiatives.
The Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch (HECSB) helps Canadians to maintain and improve their health by promoting healthy and safe living, working and recreational environments, and by reducing the harm caused by tobacco, alcohol, controlled substances, environmental contaminants and unsafe consumer and industrial products. In the region, this work is carried out through six program areas:
The Western Region of the Health Products and Food Branch (HPFB) represents British Columbia , the Yukon , Alberta . As part of Health Canada 's national organization, we help to protect and improve the well-being of the people of Canada by promoting good nutrition, and the informed use of food, drugs, medical devices and natural health products.
HPFB inspectors work to ensure the safety and effectiveness of drugs, medical devices, biologics, blood, tissues and organs, and clinical trials, by ensuring compliance from manufacturers, importers and retailers, to the Food and Drugs Act and regulations. Laboratory staffs help maintain and improve the safety, quality, and nutrition of the food we eat by conducting research and surveillance on selected food products. These activities are used to support the creation of science-based standards, regulations and policy development. Policy, Outreach and Liaison staff participate in policy development and evaluation, and promote public participation in the policy decision-making process.
In Alberta, the Regional Office of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), formerly the Population and Public Health Branch, delivers a wide range of programs that target populations living in conditions of risk, use a population health approach and are delivered in collaboration with the Province, Regional Health Authorities and community-based groups. The mandate of PHAC Regional Offices is expanding to address issues like emergency preparedness, public health training and skills enhancement.
For more information about the Alberta region, please contact us directly.