This project attempted to establish integrated primary health services in four rural communities in the East Central Regional Health Authority of Alberta. It focused on working with these communities in partnership to build an integrated and sustainable primary health system that could eventually be transferred across the region. Each community engaged in new activities as a result of this project, ranging from service inventories to information gathering to planned projects such as a community forum to address bullying at a local school. As the project continued, participants felt the region listened to those involved and recognized that each community would approach the initiative in its own way. By the second phase, there was less concern about turf protection, and all respondents felt the project had established successful partnerships.
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/East%20Central/Four%20communities/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.