Parents – Get Involved

Our Vision

That every child receives the highest standard of care, whether they seek treatment in a pediatric or general emergency department.

The ECHO and ARCHE research programs are part of a movement in health care towards more patient-centered or family-centered care, wherein patients and their families actively engage in health care decision-making in partnership with the clinical team. Through the Pediatric Parents’ Advisory Group (P-PAG) and the Pediatric Parents’ Advisory Network (P-PAN), we aim to engage parents and families in developing processes and resources to improve child health outcomes.

About P-PAG

The Pediatric Parents’ Advisory Group (P-PAG) is a group of parents, legal guardians, and grandparents across Alberta seeking to contribute to child health research. Members serve as advisors to the ECHO and ARCHE research programs at the University of Alberta by providing advice and feedback on research aimed at improving child health outcomes. Members meet monthly from September to May.

About P-PCN

The Pediatric Parents’ Consultation Network (P-PCN) is a diverse group of parents, legal guardians, and grandparents across Canada seeking to contribute to child health research. Members form a virtual network and provide online feedback about research aimed at improving child health outcomes.

If you are interested in getting involved in our research through the P-PAG or P-PCN, please contact us! We would love to hear from you!


The ECHO research program is focused on improving health outcomes for children with acute health conditions through the application of the best available evidence — a process known as knowledge translation (KT).

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Physical treatments can include physiotherapy, prescribed exercise plans, strengthening exercises, massage, and more. 

Psychological treatments can include counselling or talk therapy, supportive therapy, cognitive behaviour therapy, mediation, and more. They can be provided on a one-on-one basis or in a group setting.