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Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative

Working Together to Address the Opioid Crisis

Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative

The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) staff and Board consulted with the ACFP Opioid Response Task Force (Family Physicians from around the province in different practice types) in December 2016 to inform the primary health care opioid response. In late 2017, the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI) was established. This was a $9.5 million grant based on the recommendations of the former Ministers Opioid Emergency Response Commission (MOERC). Over the next two years, under the leadership of the ACFP and in partnership with the Alberta Medical Association (AMA), Alberta Health Services (AHS), Zone PCNs, and Alberta Health, this initiative defined new approaches to address the opioid crisis, building competency and capacity within primary care.

PHC ORI Year 2 Summary Evaluation

The Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative resulted in numerous successes while also uncovering important challenges. The Year 2 Summary Evaluation Report presents Year 2 of the evaluation findings completed for the initiative activities, and their advancement towards the goals and objectives.

PHC ORI Year 2 Summary Evaluation Spotlights

The Year 2 Summary Evaluation spotlighted four unique features from the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative.

Read about our journey through this multi-partner initiative

Check Out our Project in Review

Where it all Began

Read the ACFP’s Opioid Response Task Force list of recommendations which inspired the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative.


Opioid Response in Primary Care

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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.