It is with great pride that we send out this message of gratitude to all of you who worked on the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI). Over the last two years, through the combined efforts of our partner organizations and the teams and individuals that made things happen at the provincial, zonal, PCN and local levels, we achieved so much, and we built lasting friendships. We were an amazing team!
A special thanks is deserved for to the amazing people with lived experience that leaned in to assist us in getting it right. The value of their perspective and passion was so critical to our work.
To all the family physicians and teams who continue to build the management of opioid use disorder and chronic pain into your practices, thank you for demonstrating the value of family medicine to your patients, communities, and the health system. You are the most trusted point of care for so many Albertans.
A fully integrated health system that can respond effectively and efficiently to crisis requires us to continue to look for ways of working together, to share successes, to build trust and collaboration, and to drive policy and legislation that allows for resource reallocation and patient centred strategies. The people that joined forces to respond to the opioid crisis recognize the value of this integration, and we need a system that supports this ongoing way of working together.
While the grant is officially complete, our hope is we can continue to harness the passion, commitment and relationships we have built with each other, our communities and with our patients to continue to advance this work and other emerging priorities beyond today.
Thank you to all of you who had a formal or informal role in the success of PHC ORI! We made a difference.
Terri Potter, PHC ORI Executive Lead, ACFP