Alberta Groups Unite to Increase Access to Care for Vulnerable Populations

July 14, 2021

Partnership Increases Testing Resources for Patients in Downtown Edmonton

EDMONTON — A partnership between Jasper Place Wellness Centre and DynaLIFE Medical Labs, facilitated by Health City, is establishing one more step towards promoting equitable health care for Albertans. Jasper Place Wellness Centre serves a vulnerable population in downtown Edmonton, and clinic staff have observed that more than half of the testing requisitions provided to patients go unfulfilled. The lack of laboratory data puts the patients at a further disadvantage and prohibits physicians from accurately diagnosing and monitoring treatments. Jasper Place Wellness Centre has identified on-site testing sample collection as an opportunity to reduce barriers for patients to access comprehensive care. Blood samples degrade quickly, but can be preserved through centrifugation, a process that separates cells from the liquid components, protecting the integrity of the sample until the next steps are conducted.

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About DynaLIFE

Headquartered in Edmonton, Alberta, DynaLIFE Medical Labs is a major Canadian medical laboratory offering a complete range of diagnostic testing services. Our 1,300 employees are proud to be seen as industry leaders – bringing reliable, innovative services to more than 2,000 physicians for two million patient visits annually – performing greater than 19 million laboratory tests every year. DynaLIFE has been operating clinical laboratory facilities in Alberta for more than 60 years.

About Jasper Place Wellness Centre

The Jasper Place Wellness Centre builds strong communities and people by addressing social and health-based inequities facing low-income and/or vulnerable neighbourhoods. We do this by working with people and community assets to find new solutions in the fields of health care, business/employment, food security, community building, and affordable housing.

About Health City

Health City is a Canadian not-for-profit corporation that works with clinicians, innovators, philanthropic organizations, and companies to develop new pathways of care that can drive better health outcomes and economic development in the health sector. Our focus is on transforming innovations from our health sector into solutions that have commercial application and global relevance, adopting them for impact locally and scaling them for export to global markets. For more information, visit

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