PFCC - Getting Involved

Patients, Families and staff are invited to join our Patient and Family Centred Care team. At Alberta Children's Hospital there are a few different ways to become involved:

Patient and Family Centred Care Network

The Alberta Children's Hospital has a Patient and Family Centred Care Network. This provides an opportunity for families and staff to share their personal and professional perspectives and participate in Patient and Family Centred Care activities without sitting on a formal Committee. Some ways in which Network members can volunteer are:

  • becoming a member of a sub-committee
  • attending focus groups
  • reviewing and providing input on written material
  • sharing stories
  • providing feedback through email

Members of our Patient and Family Centred Care Network can choose how they want to be involved according to their areas of interest and time available to volunteer. All members of our Network will receive a monthly newsletter which will highlight some of the work that is being done at the Alberta Children's Hospital.

If you are interested in joining our Patient and Family Centred Care Network, please sign up at http://bit.ly/ACH-PFCC or contact us at:

Patient and Family Centred Care Steering Committee

The Alberta Children's Hospital has a Patient and Family Centred Care Steering Committee. This Committee provides an opportunity for families and health care professionals to work collaboratively as partners in care to support, promote, guide, and advance Patient and Family Centred Care. The Committee is made up of an equal number of staff and family members. All Committee members go through an interview process and have a diverse array of personal and professional experience. Members meet once per month and have the opportunity to get involved in projects outside of meeting time.

If you are interested in finding out more information or joining the committee, please contact us at

Family Advisory Council

As a result of Alberta Children's Hospital commitment to collaborating with patients and families in the planning and delivery of safe, quality healthcare services we identified the need to create a new engagement group of Family voices.

At each meeting, Family Advisory Council members will provide input from a family perspective on ACH policies, processes, and delivery of care processes through large and small group consults.

First meeting: 7:00 PM to 9:00 PM Tuesday, January 19th, 2016

Future Meetings: 3rd Tuesday of every month, same time. Excluding June, July, August and December.

We are looking for volunteer family members (i.e. parents/guardians/grandparents) that have experience using the services of the hospital and who bring a richness of diversity in life and patient/family health experiences to their role as Family Advisors.

If you are interested in joining our Family Advisory Council for the first meeting please apply on-line at http://bit.ly/ACH-PFCC by December 13th, 2015. We will then contact all interested applicants and conduct an interview.

All successful applicants will then be required to complete our PFCC Volunteer registration process.

Questions? Contact Marie at 403-955-2456 or email us at .

Note: Parking passes and reimbursement for public transportation, as well as, light refreshments will be provided. Unfortunately we are not able to offer any child care services during the meeting.

Child and Youth Advisory Council

The Child and Youth Advisory Council (CAYAC) is a diverse group of youth volunteers, ages 12-18+, from around Southern Alberta. They meet six times a year on Saturdays. At each meeting, CAYAC members provide input from a youth perspective on child health programs and services. They also do small group consultations and offer a youth voice at relevant meetings and conferences.