Health issues

Dr. Donald A. Dick

Alberta Medical Association (AMA) members and their patients benefit from our work on clinical and health issues. 

Our Health Issues Council (HIC) identifies health advocacy needs, produces resources and speaks out on behalf of the profession.



Advocacy timeline
The AMA has participated in many advocacy and health
promotion initiatives over the years.

Visit our interactive timeline to find out more.
AMA advocacy timeline >>


In this section, find more information about several recent AMA patient-centered initiatives:

Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program (2012-13)

The Alberta Medical Association's (AMA's) Health Issues Council (HIC) has committed funds to support a grant program for health advocacy initiatives of medical students and resident physicians.

The Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program is a partnership between:

  • The AMA, through the HIC.
  • Medical student associations.
  • The Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta.

The grant is intended to:

  • Promote development of the physician's role as advocate for healthy populations.
  • Provide experience in health promotion as integral to medical practice.
  • Facilitate growth of leadership and advocacy skills in a mentored environment.

More information:
Review the Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program >>

Finding Balance – Prevent a Fall (2008-2011)

In Alberta, about one in three seniors fall each year. Ninety percent of hip fractures are attributed to falls.

Since 2008, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) has partnered with the Alberta Centre for Injury Control and Research (ACICR) on the Finding Balance – Prevent a Fall campaign.

This campaign raises awareness among well seniors and their caregivers about the risks of falls and provides some simple ways to prevent them.

Injuries sustained in falls and the resulting loss of independence can be devastating to seniors and have a significant impact on the health care system in bed usage and costs.

The campaign reinforces the Finding Balance campaign’s key messages:

  • Keep active! … Exercise for strength and balance.
  • Check your medications! … Talk to your doctor or pharmacist.
  • Watch your step! … Wherever you are.
  • Speak up about dizziness … Talk to your doctor and take action.

More information:
Visit Finding Balance Alberta >> 

Fall assessment tool for physicians

This interactive tool helps you move through a falls assessment with your older patients:
Access the interactive assessment tool for primary-care physicians >> 

Protecting children from secondhand smoke

Alberta doctors counsel parents about the dangers of secondhand smoke for children. The AMA handout for parents below explains:

  • Why smoking in vehicles or at home is dangerous to the health of youngsters.
  • What parents can do to minimize the risks.
  • How parents can tell visitors they aren’t allowed to smoke in the home.

Protect children at home and in the car >>  (AMA poster for physicians’ offices)    

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The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.