About Abrio Health
Abrio Health is a new way of thinking about your health – one that puts you in the driver’s seat. More than 75% of your health is unrelated to health care practitioners and hospitals. We are catalysts. Drawing strength from our pioneer roots, Airdrie is blazing a trail to a place where “health” means more than our physical wellbeing – a movement we call Abrio. It’s where people, resources, and services connect in a jumble of life, equipping us to thrive within our own definition of health and happiness.
Created for Airdrie by people who live here, Abrio Health is a movement that facilitates local solutions for our unique health challenges. Our ultimate goal? To support you in maintaining and furthering your health – physical, mental, and spiritual – before you need health care.
Abrio Health is all about encouraging healthy lifestyles and inspiring our community’s day to day interactions and developments for better health. To do that, we’re supporting coordination and collaboration of existing services, developing programs, engaging the community to encourage healthy living, planning new facilities, and seeking better ways of doing things.
The idea of Abrio Health has existed for some time. It was formerly known as the Airdrie & Area Health Cooperative (AAHC) – a team of community members, professionals, and medical practitioners working together to make Airdrie Canada’s healthiest community.
Abrio Health will enable lifestyle opportunities, influence a healthy environment, and connect the dots to enable positive impact on your health and well-being. Together, we’ll encourage walkable neighbourhoods and healthier food choices to positive social relationships and access to services and supports for mental health maintenance. Abrio Health takes a holistic approach to health.
Blue Zones Project: Engagement Lead
Jenelle is a communication and engagement professional who has worked in the government, not for profit and corporate sector for close to two decades helping her clients and employers advocate for change and build stronger communities. Her most recent role was working with the City of Airdrie promoting community services such as community development, social planning, Genesis Place recreation centre, Bert Church LIVE Theatre and Airdrie Transit. As a collaborator, connector and coach, Jenelle is passionate about helping people find their purpose and is excited about the opportunity to reshape the health story in Airdrie.
Blue Zones Project: Executive Director
Prior to joining Blue Zones Project in September 2019, Kent spent 16 years as the economic development manager for the City of Airdrie where he and his team were recognized for their leading-edge programs and services. Kent has served as president and director on a number of boards at the provincial, national and international levels and assisted many communities throughout western Canada in creating economic development programs.
As part of his passion to serve others, Kent has been very involved as the President of the Airdrie Food Bank (2015-2019), the Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) and Habitat for Humanity International. Kent is proud to have been part of a team of economic development professionals who developed and implemented Canada’s first “Economic Disaster Recovery Program” during the Southern Alberta floods in 2013 and the Fort McMurray fires in 2016.
Having grown up in small town Alberta, Kent's values align with the Blue Zones Power 9 principles like moving naturally, having the right outlook, eating wisely (except brussel sprouts) and having a healthy social network.
Blue Zones Project: Events and Volunteer Lead
Events, public engagement, marketing and keeping everything organized are Christie Jensen's skills but she is most passionate about healthy living. Previously, she has worked for non-profit and municipal organizations and enjoys volunteering in the community. She has spent the last seven years teaching a variety of fitness classes to children and adults. Christie earned her degree in marketing from the University of Lethbridge, grew up on a farm near Vulcan, Alberta and now resides west of Airdrie with her husband and two young boys. Watch for Christie at the local arena, where she spends a lot of her time as a busy hockey mom. Christie is thrilled to be part of a community well-being initiative that is close to her heart as she is a scratch cook, gardener and lover of all healthy foods, even brussel sprouts.
Blue Zones Project: Organizational Lead
Michelle is an avid community volunteer, innovator and ambassador who has called Airdrie home for 12 years. Over the past 15 years, Michelle has built, implemented and managed corporate programs across North American in Alberta’s energy, private and non for profit sectors. She comes to the Blue Zones Project with a wide range of expertise in community engagement as well as program, project and change management and is known for her ability to bridge communications between groups, formulate effective partnerships, raise organizational capacity, increase program recognition and achieve sustainable programs. Outside of "work," Michelle loves to move naturally and help others find balance and health as a yoga instructor and is a proud volunteer with Creative Airdrie, ARTember Festival (2013-2015) and Airdrie 2020 Winter Games (2018 - present).
Youth Hub Project Coordinator
Anah earned a degree in Human-Urban Geography from the University of Calgary where she specialized in community development and social stratification.
Prior to joining Abriohealth, Anah worked extensively in youth mental and behavioural health, family crisis support, and community outreach with organizations such as the YMCA, Supported Lifestyles Ltd., and Closer to Home Community Services. Anah is very passionate about mental health advocacy and is excited to be leading the Youth Hub initiative for the city of Airdrie.
Anah is a strong believer in the Blue Zones Power 9 principles, especially having the right outlook. She hopes that the Youth Hub initiative will help empower Airdrie youth and families to take charge of their mental health and make it as important as their physical health. Although Anah is not a fan of brussel sprouts, she does like mangoes, celery, and pomegranate!
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Blue Zones Project: Policy Lead
Prior to her role at Blue Zones Project, Kendra was the Public Health Dietitian with Alberta Health Services working in Airdrie, Didsbury, and surrounding communities. Kendra has experience in a variety of practice areas, including nutrition technology, mobile app design, metabolic research, community development, chronic disease prevention and management, as well as facilitation and education. She has also earned her BSc in Biochemistry, and is a passionate advocate for establishing health equity, sustainable development, and global health issues. Kendra is also a group fitness instructor, and a lover of travel, books and adventure.
How can I get involved with Abrio Health?
As we continue to move forward on the plans, we will develop community engagement and consultation opportunities in each of the areas reported. Perhaps the most extensive of these will be the community-wide Blue Zones collaborative.
To find out what we’re up to next visit our Facebook page. You can also become involved with Abrio as a volunteer. Send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask to be added to our volunteer database.