AHS needs advisory members

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has launched its annual recruitment campaign for volunteers from across the province

  • Aug. 14, 2012 6:00 p.m.

Alberta Health Services (AHS) has launched its annual recruitment campaign for volunteers from across the province to serve three-year terms on its 12 health advisory councils.

“Being genuinely responsive to the needs of Albertans is an important focus for Alberta Health Services,” says AHS board chair Cathy Roozen. “Health advisory council members play a crucial role in connecting us to the people of this province, helping us to better understand the health needs and concerns of local communities.”

Established in 2009, health advisory councils facilitate discussions between community members and AHS. Each council has 10 to 15 members who volunteer their time to:

• Engage the public in dialogue about health services.

• Provide feedback about what is working well within the health system, and suggest areas for improvement.

• Promote opportunities for our members to get their local community engaged in health topics.

Councils meet six times annually.

“This recruitment drive will fill vacant positions on councils throughout Alberta,” said Roozen. “We are seeking people who have an interest in health issues and volunteering their time to benefit the community, and reflect Alberta’s broad diversity.”

Albertans over the age of 18 years interested in becoming a council member can complete an application through the AHS website. Deadline is Sept. 5. Additional information about health advisory councils is available at www.albertahealthservices.ca/hac.asp, by calling 1-877-275-8830, or via email at community.engagement@albertahealthservices.ca.