What We Do and Why
For more than a decade, Réseau santé albertain has been working collaboratively with the health care system and professionals, advocating for language as a key component of quality health care.
With the help of volunteers and funding support from Health Canada through Société Santé en français, we raise awareness and engage stakeholders across the province in an effort to improve access to French-language services in key areas of health.
We implement and host a range of community activities aimed at disease prevention, such as diabetes screening and management workshops.
We support health promotion programming, especially in schools through the Francophone Sports Federation of Alberta. This organization is tasked with setting up Healthy School action committees.
Our focus is also on mental health, raising awareness and funding first aid courses as a first step to understanding, recognizing and responding to mental health needs and situations.
Developing access to French-language health services in key areas of health remains a priority. Activities are ongoing and include
- Conducting population health research and needs assessments
- Creating and managing work groups to tackle major issues, e.g. mental health, senior health
- Supporting the development of primary health care programming in Calgary
- Promoting the active offer of French-language services by health professionals and the active demand for such services by the French-speaking population
- Supporting health navigators in providing assistance to patients.
Paul Denis; Director
Réseau santé albertain is the lead advocate for French-language health in Alberta and proud to have the funding support of Health Canada through Société Santé en français. Alberta’s French-speaking population, represented by the Association canadienne-française de l’Alberta (ACFA), has given us the mandate to improve access to French-language health services across the province.
We work collaboratively within the health care system as well as with stakeholders in all sectors, communities across Alberta and in partnership with provincial leaders.