Alberta Health and Wellness
Health research allows for understanding the basis for disease and creates
solutions to prevent, treat, and diagnose these diseases. Research also
helps to determine the most effective ways to keep Albertans healthy and
avoid heath complications before they appear. By conducting research and
analysis, Alberta Health and Wellness can make informed decisions and set
appropriate policies for health care, health services and health research.
In 2001-2002, Alberta Health and Wellness invested approximately $14
million into Alberta-based research programs. The ministry also encourages
innovative strategies through its offshoot Health Innovation Fund, which
has funded 48 diverse projects that encourage regional health authorities
to develop novel ways of delivering health services to Albertans.
Approximately 60 percent of Alberta Health and Wellness investments has
gone to applied, health-service research organizations. This supports the
ministry's policy of development and improvement within the health system
to constantly improve service to Alberta's citizens. The remaining 40 percent of investments supports an integrated provincial cancer research
program covering a wide range of issues dealing with the disease, from
clinical treatment to population studies.
Alberta Health and Wellness makes major contributions to a variety of
provincial institutions including the
Alberta Cancer Board (ACB). Created by the Alberta
Government, ACB coordinates all cancer research, prevention and treatment
programs in the province. The services provided by ACB include cancer
prevention and screening, public education, diagnosis and treatment, and
cancer research. Fundin for ACB is provided by the Alberta Government,
including Alberta Health and Wellness. The policy of ACB focuses on
ongoing research and prevention to contain cancer as much as possible.
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