Who We Are

Linking science, policy, and practice to improve public health.

About The Initiative

Lifelong health is determined by more than just our genes: experiences early in life and at other critical periods of development change our brains in ways that make us more or less vulnerable to health problems across the lifespan.

How We Work

The more we understand about early brain and biological development, the more accurately we can predict and manage the lifelong effects that experiences have on brain architecture—and the more effectively we can address addiction and other negative physical and mental health outcomes. This is a complex challenge that requires new ideas, concrete action and large-scale collaboration. 

The Alberta Family Wellness Initiative facilitates research into early brain development, and addiction and mental health treatment; and applies this research to policies and practices that support positive lifelong health outcomes. We connect and collaborate with leaders in policy, research, education, and service delivery to turn scientific discoveries and insights into measurable results.

Together, we’re building an expanding framework of ideas and strategies that benefit children and families and promote wellness—in Alberta and in communities across the world.

Awards

Canadian Medical Association

Canadian Medical Association

Award for excellence in Health Promotion, 2015

Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Canadian Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

2013

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction

The Lieutenant Governor of Alberta’s Circle on Mental Health and Addiction

True Leadership Award, 2014

Canadian Mental Health Association

Canadian Mental Health Association

Alberta Division President’s Award, 2010‐2011

Centre for Excellence for Early Childhood Development

Centre for Excellence for Early Childhood Development

Medal for Exceptional Contribution for Early Childhood Development, 2006

Contact Us

The AFWI is an initiative of the Palix Foundation with offices in Calgary and Edmonton.

Calgary

540, 1100 1st Street S.E.
Calgary, Alberta
T2G 1B1

phone: 403.215.4490
fax: 403.705.0126
email: contact@albertafamilywellness.org

Edmonton

6th Floor, 9925 109th Street
Edmonton, Alberta
T5K 2JB

email: contact@albertafamilywellness.org