This Calgary project examined the Alexandra Community Health Centre (CHC) to determine the relationship between social services and primary health care. The CHC has been operating for 26 years and runs clinical services, psychological services, and a community development program. The project evaluated the centre with respect to quality, access, integration, health impact, cost-effectiveness, and transferability. An internal evaluation team collected data, and an independent evaluation team reviewed the findings in a primary care context. This project unfortunately faced major changes in key staff, variable levels of support, and the halting of the community development section of its service, thus significantly hampering the outcomes.
The full report for this project is available on the Alberta Health and Wellness web site at http://www.health.gov.ab.ca/system/key/phc/projects/Calgary/AlexandraCHC/description.htm
This project was supported by the Health Transition Fund, which was created in 1997 to provide support for evidence-based decision-making in health care reform by supporting pilot and evaluation projects which test innovative approaches to health care delivery. The views expressed herein do no necessarily represent the official policy of federal, provincial, or territorial governments.