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THE HEALTHIER TOGETHER PANEL of albertans

The Healthier Together Panel of Albertans is made up of 5,000+ people in Alberta from throughout the province. The Healthier Together Panel of Albertans supports the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (ACPLF) and Alberta Health Services to make informed decisions about how best to support people in Alberta as well as their communities, workplaces, and health care facilities to work together to prevent cancer in Alberta.

WHY BE A panelist?

Our panelists make a big difference! By participating as a panelist, people in Alberta are able to directly influence how decisions are made about programs and other initiatives that aim to prevent cancer in the province. For example, panelists have told us how we can improve health in their workplaces and how we can better protect children when they’re out in the sun.

WHAT DOES THE PANEL DO? 

From time to time panelists receive requests to share their insights and ideas with ACPLF. Sometimes these involve surveys or other invitations to participate in things like focus groups or interviews. Panelists have the opportunity to pick and choose what projects they participate in, and they can participate in as many or as few of the projects as they like.

WHAT HAPPENS TO THE DETAILS THAT PANELISTS PROVIDE?

Everything provided by panelists is stored securely by Alberta Health Services in accordance with the Health Information Act. We never share anything that can link a panelist back to the responses or details they provide. We only share aggregated information, which means we’ve compiled everybody’s responses together and taken out anything identifiable (like names, birthdates, addresses, contact information, etc.).

Frequently asked questions

What is Healthier Together?

Healthier Together is an initiative of the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund (or ACPLF), a department within Alberta Health Services that tests and develops innovative ways to prevent and screen for cancer. The ACPLF focuses on finding proven ways that each of us can make lifestyle choices that help lower our cancer risk. It also partners with our communities, workplaces, and health systems to help them build more supportive environments to, in turn, help us prevent cancer.

How did the Healthier Together Panel of Albertans get started?

The Healthier Together Panel started in 2017 when we reached out to tens of thousands of people in Alberta and invited them to join. From our invitations, 5,000+ people signed up and became members of the inaugural Healthier Together Panel of Albertans.

Who is considered a “panelist?”

Our panelists are people who have been recruited and invited to join the panel. They are from all over Alberta – from the province’s largest urban centres to some of its smallest rural municipalities. Our youngest panelists are 18 years old, and our oldest panelists are over 70. 

How do I become a panelist? 

Panelists are recruited from throughout Alberta using what’s called “probability sampling techniques.” This allows us to ensure that the people on our panel accurately represent the rest of the Alberta population to the best of our ability. Occasionally we make phone calls to households throughout the province and invite people to join the panel. Unfortunately because of our probability sampling techniques, we can’t register volunteers for the panel who haven’t been contacted by us. 

I’m a panelist and I need to change my contact information.

No problem! Sometimes people move, change their phone numbers or their e-mail addresses. Just send us an e-mail to HealthierTogether.SurveyPanel@ahs.ca with the information that you would like us to update and we’ll update it for you. If we have any questions about the information that you’ve provided we’ll get in touch.

I’m a panelist and I want to quit the panel.

We’re sorry to see you go! Just send us an e-mail to HealthierTogether.SurveyPanel@ahs.ca with your full name and phone number (so that we can make sure we have the right person) and we’ll remove you from the panel. You’ll receive a confirmation e-mail from us once that’s complete.

How is my privacy protected?

We take your privacy very seriously. In order to ensure your privacy is kept secure, we store your information in a secure database that has all of the protections that Alberta Health Services can offer. Then, we make sure that a very few number of staff at the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund have access to that database, and those staff have their access audited at least every 6 months. We’ll never disclose who our panelists are, and we’ll never publish information about you as an individual – only aggregated information is ever published publicly. 

Who has access to my personal information?

A very limited number of staff at the Alberta Cancer Prevention Legacy Fund have access to your personal information, such as your name, phone number, address, and e-mail address. They have access to this for the sole purpose of contacting you to invite you to take part in various activities. All ACPLF staff have completed training on information security and privacy and are held to strict standards of privacy management when it comes to handling your personal details.

I got an e-mail or a phone call asking for my information, how do I know it’s legit?

We want to make sure you feel safe and secure participating in our panel. We will always identify ourselves as being from Alberta Health Services in our e-mails and our phone calls and our e-mails will always come from an @albertahealthservices.ca e-mail account. If you’re ever wondering if a call or e-mail is legit, then you can check out our list of current and ongoing projects on the list to the side of this page. If it’s not on that list, then it’s not from us.

Who do I contact if I have other questions?

We’ll be happy to answer any questions that you have. You can e-mail us at HealthierTogether.SurveyPanel@ahs.ca or call us at 403-560-3286. If you miss us, please give us a few days to respond to your inquiry.