Message From the President & eNews

May 28, 2017

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Dear Members,

“Where are we headed?” and “Who is leading the way?” We have a collaborative government right now that values primary care and community. We are positioned in a time where resources are limited and the reality that we need to do things differently in order to provide the excellent results that health care spending should deliver on. Primary Care, with the concrete leadership of family physicians, is being asked to contribute and help to design systems that work.

At ACFP, we will do our part through supporting family physicians in Alberta through continuing professional development, advocacy, leadership and research that enables them to provide high quality health care for their patients and their communities. It is our vision as a Board of Directors for the ACFP is to advance health for patients, families and communities where every Albertan has a Patient’s Medical Home.

The goal is for every family practice in every community in Alberta to be able to offer comprehensive, coordinated, and continuing care to their populations through a family physician working with health care teams. This vision puts the needs of patients and their communities at the centre of care. The PMH vision also reinforces the physician-patient relationship and the importance of the Four Principles of Family Medicine. The PMH Vision is not going to happen without commitment to implementation from all of the leading organizations in Alberta.
We have strong working relationships with several other organizations in Alberta and Canada all banding together to create the conditions for better systems and supports to make the PMH Vision a reality. Check out our ACFP Who’s Who in Alberta Health Care document to see how we all work together.

If you have any questions about the ACFP, our role in the system and how we connect to our partners and leadership, please contact me at

Dr. Fred Janke, BSc, MSc, MD, FCFP, FRRMS
President, Alberta College of Family Physicians