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Coalition for Primary Health Care

Advancing and Improving Health Care Across Alberta

How the ACFP Works With the CPHC

As a member of the CPHC, the ACFP brings the unique perspective of its more than 5,600 members with various areas of focus, populations served, geographical locations, and practice types. As the organization that provides continuing professional development, leadership, and advocacy for the advancement of family practice, the ACFP offers access to resources and willingness to collaborate on issues and initiatives of interest to our constituents in primary health care. The ACFP not only has representative members on the CPHC but also has staff members supporting the Coalition as part of the Secretariat team.

The Coalition for Primary Health Care (CPHC) brings together the experience and expertise of primary health care partners who are involved in the advancement and improvement of primary health care delivered to people and communities in Alberta. Members of the CPHC bring together multiple perspectives, resources, and mandates to facilitate ways to collectively address and improve primary health care, province-wide and to advocate and support their constituents in that improvement.

Building on existing member organization strategic directions, the Coalition’s goal is to foster a coordinated and aligned approach to meet the needs of patients, caregivers, families, primary health care teams, Primary Care Networks (PCNs), and the health care system today and into the future.


The Coalition for Primary Health Care is the collaborative table where Alberta’s primary health care stakeholders strategize to advance a world-class integrated primary health care system.


All people living in Alberta experience seamless access to and continuity of integrated primary health care that meets their needs.

Coalition Members

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.