Message from the President
On behalf of the Board of Directors of the Alberta College of Family Physicians, I would like to thank you for your engagement and support this past year. 2019 was a year that saw many changes, many directly effecting health care. While the context that we work in changes around us, the ACFP has been working to adapt and build supports for family physicians that address the systemic and clinical needs of patients and family practice.
Over the last few years, we have had the opportunity to lead the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI) while working with multiple partners on opioid use disorder and pain management guidelines, knowledge translation, and system supports.
Across the province, we have fostered great working relationships, networked with newly appointed leaders in primary care governance, and we see so much opportunity to expand our impact as not only an organization, but also as an engaged, influential partner in shaping health care.
Our prolific partnership with Patients Experience Evidence and Research (PEER) Team reached a couple important milestones this year with ten years in partnership, and 250 Tools for Practice articles!
We reached record numbers of members participating in our annual conferences and online learning platforms.
New partnerships are underway to link with Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services to respond to the rapid changes in population health needs as well as technical and clinical advancements impacting family practice.
We are building a reputation as a practical, responsive, collaborative organization with excellent staff and medical leaders to contribute to system needs.
The ACFP Board has developed a new Strategic Framework for 2020-2025 to guide our efforts and ensure clear focus on results needed.
As always, we are looking forward to what may be required of us in the years to come. We will be reaching out to you on several occasions to ask for your input on things that matter to you in 2020. Check out the contents of our Year in Review and feel free to reach out to us at any time with your comments or input.
Vishal Bhella MD, CCFP
Alberta College of Family Physicians
To read the full Year in Review 2019, click here.