Two pieces of Provincial legislation, the Public Health Act and the Communicable Disease Regulations, and two operational documents, the Tuberculosis Control Manual of Alberta, and the Canadian Tuberculosis Standards provide direction to the TB PE & RU. The conception and framing of program activity or strategy is dependent upon careful analysis of existing program activity/outcomes and the exploration of novel approaches.
The TB PE & RU is an affiliate of the Pulmonary Research Group (PRG) of the Pulmonary Division, Department of Medicine, University of Alberta. Although it is an academic entity, accountable to the University of Alberta and at arms length from government, Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Health (AH), it is understood to be an integral part of the provincial Tuberculosis Control Program. The TB PE & RU's connection to AHS, AH and First Nations and Inuit Health Branch(FNIHB) is via its membership and cross-linked project support. It is hoped that one day the TB PE & RU and government will be connected by a contractual agreement. The Unit's Director, the immediate past Medical Officer of Health for Tuberculosis in Alberta, is a Tuberculosis Consultant, and a professor at the University of Alberta.
Organization of the TB Prevention and Control Program in Alberta