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Baby Steps | 403-388-6668

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Baby Steps

Each community has classes designed to meet the needs of parents and topics may include:

  • adjusting to parenthood
  • your baby's communication
  • nutrition for baby and mom
  • infant health and safety
  • mom's health
  • parenting skills

For more information, visit the Before, During, and After Birth website

Telephone

403-388-6668

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Eligibility

It is recommended to begin the series when your baby is between 6 weeks and 3 months old.

Fees

Fees apply for classes. Subsidy available.



Fee Reductions

Better Beginnings | 403-388-6661

Service hours

Please call for more information and service times.

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Better Beginnings

Provides Support for women who:

  • Need information and support to make health choices during pregnancy.
  • Feel alone and isolated.
  • Are living on a low income.
  • Facing language or cultural barriers.
  • Face addiction challenges.

Supports Provided include:

  • Information on pregnancy, birth and parenting.
  • nutrition advice from a dietitian.
  • gift cards and coupons to assist with healthy food choices
  • prenatal vitamins and vitamin D for your baby
  • Help to quit smoking.
  • Information and referrals from additional agencies offer support and services

For more information, visit the Before, During, and After Birth website.

Telephone

403-388-6661

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Eligibility

Women must be pregnant and have one of the following:

  • 19 years of age or younger
  • lone parent with a limited income
  • 35 years of age with a limited income
  • 20-34 years of age with a limited income and answer yes to one of the following:
  1. consistent prenatal care with a physician has been difficult to get during this pregnancy
  2. previous baby weighing less than 2500 grams
  3. previous baby born prematurely (less than 37 weeks gestation)
  4. difficulty gaining weight during this pregnancy
  5. difficulty eating properly or enough during this pregnancy
  6. using tobacco (smoking), alcohol or drugs since knowing I was pregnant
  7. I don't feel I have one person to provide support, help, or advice
  8. I feel afraid or am afraid for my personal safety
  9. new Canadian (in Canada less than 2 years)

Breastfeeding Support | 403-388-6666

Multiple Languages

Yes
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Breastfeeding Support

Offers support to clients with questions or concerns about infant feeding. Specialized nurses help to prevent and manage common infant feeding concerns, such as:

  • assisting parents with basic position and latch
  • poor latch
  • inadequate milk transfer
  • nipple or breast pain

Can also provide strategies for lactating and infant feeding if a parent:

  • needs to be separated from the infant
  • has twins, triplets
  • premature infants
  • infants with medical concerns

Telephone

403-388-6666

Service Hours

Monday: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm.
Tuesday: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm.
Wednesday: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm.
Thursday: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm.
Friday: 8:15 am - 4:30 pm.

Service language options

Languages other than English in which this service may be delivered.

Service hours

Medical Officer of Health on call after hours and voice mail messaging for non-urgent after hours.

Multiple Languages

Yes
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Communicable Disease Control

Under the authority of the Medical Officer of Health, the program is responsible to prevent and control communicable diseases (CD) which are notifiable (under the Communicable Disease Regulations of the Public Health Act of Alberta). Strategies to do this include:

  • preventing infection through teaching and prophylaxis (including immunization)
  • limiting the spread of infections by timely investigation and follow-up of notifiable CD incidents and putting protective measures in place
  • providing epidemiologic data for reporting and public health response measures
  • continuous monitoring and surveillance of CDs in the community so they may be found and responded to before people get sick or there is a disease outbreak

Additional Information:

Telephone

403-388-6666

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm.
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:15 pm.

Service language options

Languages other than English in which this service may be delivered.

Service hours

Pick-up Details:
Monday - Friday 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Pick up at Front Counter

 

Drop-off Days:
Monday to Thursday

Before 3:00 PM

Beach samples accepted Monday - Wednesday

Drop samples at Train Station Reception

Multiple Languages

Yes
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Environmental Public Health - Water Sample Bottle Pick-up and Drop-off

Drinking water, beaches and swimming pool water can be tested. Chemical water sampling testing is available and looks for common chemicals and trace metals found in water. Bacteria water sampling tests water samples for indicator bacteria to ensure water is safe.

For additional information,

Service language options

Languages other than English in which this service may be delivered.

Multiple Languages

Yes
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Immunization - Adult Services

This service provides routine immunization for adults. Suggested immunizations:

  • a booster dose of diphtheria, tetanus, and pertussis (whooping cough)(dTap) every 10 years
  • dTap vaccine for pregnant women every time they are pregnant
  • Hepatitis B vaccine (HBV) for unprotected adults born in 1981 or later. Some adults born before 1981 may need this vaccine if they are at risk for hepatitis B (e.g. health problems, type of work, lifestyle, contact with the virus)
  • Human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine for adults up to and including age 26 years who did not get it in school.
  • Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccine for adults whose immunization records do not show the recommended number of doses of measles, mumps, or rubella vaccine.
  • Chickenpox vaccine for unprotected adults
  • annual influenza vaccine
  • pneumococcal vaccine for all adults 65 years of age and older and adults with certain health problems

To find out which vaccines are recommended for you and to book an appointment for immunization, call your nearest community / public health centre. If you are not sure where your nearest community / public health centre is, you can call Health Link at 811. Bring any immunization records you have to the appointment, especially if you were immunized in another province or country.

For more general information about immunization go to ImmunizeAlberta.ca, Immunizations at myhealth.alberta.ca, or call Health Link.

Telephone

403-388-6666

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Service language options

Languages other than English in which this service may be delivered.

Eligibility

Ages: 18+ years

Multiple Languages

Yes
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Immunization - Infant and Preschool Services

Alberta Health Services provides routine immunization for infants and children across Alberta. Immunizations are free of charge for infants and children who live in Alberta.
Immunizations are recommended for infants starting at 2 months of age. Routinely recommended vaccines include: diphtheria, pertussis (whooping cough), tetanus, polio, Haemophilus influenzae type b, hepatitis B, rotavirus, meningococcal, pneumococcal, measles, mumps, rubella, varicella (chickenpox), and influenza.

For the routine immunization schedule, go to immunizealberta.ca.

Additional vaccines may be needed depending on your child’s health conditions or other risk factors.

Immunization is effective. Other than providing safe drinking water, no other health intervention works as well as immunization to reduce disease and death rates. Immunization protects whole communities. The more people who are fully immunized in a community, the safer everyone is.

Immunization is safe. It is much safer to get immunized than to get the diseases that vaccines protect against.

For more information, and to book an appointment, call your nearest community/public health centre. If you are not sure where your nearest community/public health centre is, call Health Link at 811. Bring your child’s immunization record to the appointment, especially if your child was immunized in another province or country.

For more general information about immunization, go to immunizealberta.ca,Immunizations at myhealth.alberta.ca, or call Health Link at 811.

Telephone

403-388-6666

Service language options

Languages other than English in which this service may be delivered.

Eligibility

Ages: 2 months to 5 Years

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Immunization - School Services

Each year, Alberta Health Services, Public Health reviews immunization records for students in grades 1, 6, and 9 to see what immunizations each student needs. A consent form is then sent home with an information sheet for each vaccine recommended for the student. No immunizations will be given in school without consent from a parent or legal guardian. Immunizations in this program include:

  • Grades 1, 6, and 9: Any routine childhood and school vaccines that may have been missed according to a review of the students immunization record on file
  • Grade 6: Hepatitis B (HBV) vaccine for students who have not already completed a hepatitis B immunization series and human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine
  • Grade 9: diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis (dTap) and meningococcal (Groups A, C, Y, W-135) conjugate vaccine

Telephone

403-388-6666

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Eligibility

Students in Grades 1, 6, and 9

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Office of the Medical Officer of Health

The MOH is responsible for:

  • The overall health of Albertans
    monitoring and reporting (to the public and to the Health Authority Board) on the health status of the population. This is done through health and disease surveillance. Advocate for changes in policy that will improve the health of residents (e.g., smoking by-laws, bicycle trail systems, intersection safety and red light campaigns).
  • Communicable Disease Control
    Works to control the spread of communicable diseases and manage outbreaks. Also responsible for STD and TB follow-up and control, and for infection control in the community. For immunization information visit https://www.immunizealberta.ca/
  • Safe and Healthy Environments
    Gives direction to Environmental Health service programs to ensure food safety, safety and minimum standards for housing, daycares, swimming pools, etc. and to programs that promote healthy physical environments. Report a concern or request service from AHS EPH (Environmental Public Health) at https://ephisahs.albertahealthservices.ca/create-case/
  • Chronic Disease and Injury Prevention
    Responsible for chronic disease prevention (heart disease, obesity, stroke) for injury prevention, healthy aging, and preventing low birthweight in babies
  • To ask a question or send a message about a government program or service: Alberta Health, visit https://www.alberta.ca/contact.cfm#jumplinks-3.

Medical Officer of Health | Alberta Health Services

Telephone

403-388-6007

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
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Population Health Promotion Program

The Population Health Promotion Program (PHPP) provides services on an individual client basis as well as to high-risk groups and the broad community utilizing a population health approach. The population health approach focuses on the entire range of individual and community factors that determine health. The Key ”Determinants of Health” include: Income and Social Status, Social Support Networks, Education and Literacy, Employment and Working Conditions, Social Environments, Physical Environments, Personal Health Practices and Coping Skills, Healthy Child Development, Biology and Genetic Endowment, Health Services, Gender, Culture.

The overall goal of this approach is to maintain and improve the health status of the entire population, reduce the incidence of disease and injury, and to eliminate inequities in health status between population groups.

Services encompass a continuum of health action from pre-conception to old age. Specific strategies are in line with those described in the World Health Organization’s Ottawa Charter for Health Promotion (1986) and include:

  • Developing Personal Skills
  • Strengthening Community Action
  • Creating Supportive Environments
  • Building Healthy Public Policy
  • Community Needs Assessment and Program Planning

The program links with Provincial Population and Public Health Programs to deliver a wide range of health promotion interventions, including:

  • Oral Health Program
  • Injury Prevention
  • Tobacco Reduction
  • Health Equity
  • Poverty Reduction Initiatives
  • Health Promotion Education
  • Population Health Surveillance
  • Low German Speaking Mennonite Community Health Representatives - act as advocates for LGSM clients and their families through interaction with the health care system and other community services

Telephone

403-388-6677

Prenatal Education | 403-388-6668

Wait Times

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Prenatal Education

Classes can be booked online: Prenatal and Postnatal Class Registration - South Zone

If you have trouble with the online registration process, please email us atSZ.prenatalpostnatal@ahs.ca, or call 403-388-6668 (Lethbridge and area) or 403-502-8215 (Medicine Hat and area).

For questions and for upcoming rural sites class availability, please call the Lethbridge or Medicine Hat office, or contact your local Public Health site.

Visit ahs.ca/prenatal to view virtual tours for Chinook Regional Hospital and Medicine Hat Regional Hospital and to review many other prenatal and postnatal resources.

Telephone

403-388-6668

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Wait times

An estimated wait time will be provided at the time of appointment booking.

Fees

Fees may apply for some classes.



Fee Reductions

Fees may be waived depending on individual circumstances. Please discuss when you call to register.

Multiple Languages

Yes
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Preschool Oral Health Services

Fluoride varnish helps protect your child's teeth from tooth decay (cavities). It slows down decay already started.

Your child needs four fluoride varnish visits, six months apart, to best protect their teeth. Fluoride varnish is painted on your child's teeth. It takes less than one minute to apply. You can hold your child during the visit.

You can also ask any questions you may have about protecting your child's teeth.

If your child is diagnosed with asthma by a doctor, bring their quick reliever medication to the appointment. If your child feels anxious with dental visits it may trigger asthma symptoms.

This provincial prevention service is available across Alberta.

For more information and eligibility, visit our website: Preschool Oral Health Services

Telephone

403-388-6665

Service language options

Languages other than English in which this service may be delivered.

Low German interpretation is available in South and Central Zones.

Eligibility

Children between 12 and 35 months (1 and 2 years) old are eligible to start the program. For more information and eligibility, visit our website:Preschool Oral Health Services

Note: For Calgary and area, eligibility is also based on family income.

Public Health Nursing | 403-388-6666

Wait Times

Yes

Multiple Languages

Yes
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Public Health Nursing

Services provided by Public Health Nurses may include:

  • immunizations
  • communicable disease control (including Tuberculosis)
  • prenatal / postnatal education
  • postpartum caregiver / newborn support
  • breastfeeding support
  • health promotion / disease and injury prevention services
  • school health services

Community Health Centres

Telephone

403-388-6666

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Service language options

Languages other than English in which this service may be delivered.

Wait times

Wait time varies.

Fees

There are fees for prenatal / postnatal classes and travel health services.

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School Oral Health Services

Services are offered to eligible schools and may include:

  • fluoride varnish, provided to kindergarten, Grade 1 and Grade 2
  • dental sealants, provided to Grade 1 and Grade 2

A child diagnosed with asthma must have their short acting asthma reliever medication with them to receive service.

Telephone

403-388-6665

Eligibility

AHS (Alberta Health Services) health zones partner with schools in low income neighborhoods to provide preventive dental services at school.

Service hours

Program closed Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.

All services by booked appointment only. No walk-in available.

Call ahead for available appointments.

Wait Times

Yes
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Sexual and Reproductive Health

Confidential services may include:

  • birth control information, prescriptions and supplies
  • no-cost birth control for those who qualify
  • emergency contraception (e.g., morning after pill)
  • STI, HIV, and syphilis testing
  • STI treatment
  • pregnancy tests
  • pregnancy options decisions support (parenting, adoption, abortion)
  • post abortion check ups
  • general information and support after a sexual assault
  • vaccine information (e.g., Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, and HPV) and administration of provincially funded;vaccine for eligible clients

Not all services are available at all clinics. Contact a clinic directly to book an appointment.

For information about clinical services across Alberta visit our Website

Health promotion and education services include:

  • sexual health educational presentations to various groups
  • teacher support for the sexuality part of the Alberta Education Curriculum

Telephone

403-320-0110

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Tuesday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.
Thursday: 9:30 am - 6:00 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm.

Eligibility

People age 29 or younger, or those that:

  • have no Alberta Health Care
  • can't afford birth control
  • need a translator
  • need special services (pregnancy options support, emergency contraception)
  • have a need for our services that they can't meet elsewhere

Wait times

An estimated wait time will be provided at the time of appointment booking.

Tuberculosis Testing | 403-388-6666

Wait Times

Yes

Multiple Languages

Yes
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Tuberculosis Testing

Offers free tuberculosis (TB) skin testing to eligible Albertans. The Mantoux skin test is not recommended to diagnose TB.

Testing is done at public health centres throughout the province:

If you are not eligible for free testing but still need to be tested there will be a charge for the test.

For travel or work related TB testing contact the Travel Health Services in your area.

Telephone

403-388-6666

Service Hours

Monday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Tuesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Wednesday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Thursday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.
Friday: 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.

Service language options

Languages other than English in which this service may be delivered.

Eligibility

Eligibility includes:

  • recent contact with known TB cases
  • people with medical conditions/therapies that increase risk of progressing from latent tuberculosis infection (LTBI) to active TB (HIV/AIDS, transplantation, on dialysis for chronic renal failure, silicosis, cancer of the head and neck, being treated with immunosuppressive drugs)
  • all refugees less than age 50 who are from a country where TB is common AND who have immigrated here in the last 2 years
  • foreign-born children up to and including age 14 who have lived in a country where TB is common AND who have immigrated here within the past 2 years

Wait times

Wait times vary.

Fees

There is a charge for anyone not meeting the eligibility criteria.

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