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Canadian Paediatric Society

Ratings for Alberta

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
Immunization

Fair

Excellent

Meets all CPS recommendations.

Prevent smoking among youth

Good

Fair

Implement a province-wide ban on smoking in outdoor public places to complement existing municipal bans. Implement legislation on
e-cigarettes.

Alberta banned flavoured tobacco products in 2015.
 

The CPS credits municipalities that have banned smoking in recreational spaces, parks, beaches and publicly owned sports fields.

Breastfeeding promotion (as per the WHO’s Baby-friendly Initiative)

Not assessed

Good

Implement a BFI policy or strategy, with a designated BFI coordinator and a breastfeeding education strategy. Track breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity rates.

Alberta has a milk bank, though it is not government-funded. Revenue comes from hospitals and health centres that use banked milk as well as from granting agencies and corporate and private sponsorship.

Newborn hearing screening

Fair

Fair

Implement a universal newborn hearing screening and intervention program. 

Hearing screening through the EHDI Program is currently available in select sites across the province, and by October 2018 will be available to all babies born in Alberta. 

An enhanced 18-month well-baby visit

Poor

Poor

Initiate an enhanced well-baby visit at 18 months, with standard guidelines. If the visit is conducted by fee-for-service physicians, they should have access to office-based tools and a special fee code.

Bicycle helmet legislation

Good

Good

Amend current legislation to include all age groups.

Booster seat legislation

Poor

Poor

Enact booster seat legislation.

The Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services recognize booster seats as the safest choice for children under 9 years old who have outgrown their forward-facing child safety seat, and weigh between 18 kg and 36 kg or are less than 145 cm tall, but it is not legislated.

Child and youth death review

Not assessed

Fair

Implement a child death review committee* and a structured process to review all child and youth deaths. Process should include reporting protocols, a linkable database for meaningful data collection, consolidation and dissemination, and an evaluative mechanism.

A CDR working group in the Ministry of Health is working to establish a standardized process.

Management of type 1 diabetes in school

Not assessed

Poor

Develop comprehensive policy on managing type 1 diabetes in school, consistent with CPS/CPEG and CDA recommendations.

Province/Territory2012 status2016 statusRecommended actionsComments
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Off-road vehicle safety legislation (all-terrain vehicles and snowmobiles)

Poor

Poor

Poor

Prohibit off-road vehicle operation for children/youth under 16 years old. Make helmet use and safety training mandatory.

Province/TerritoryHighlights of provincial/territorial response to Jordan’s Principle
Jordan’s Principle

Expressed support for Jordan’s Principle in 2008, but did not describe how this works in practice.