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Aboriginal Health Promotion Consultant, Health Nexus

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline March 5, 2010

Location: Toronto. Travel throughout Ontario is required.
Term: 7 month contract, 28 hours a week, from April 1, 2010 to October 31, 2010

For over 20 years Health Nexus (formerly the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse) has been enabling communities to promote health in Ontario and beyond. At little or no cost, we help organizations and individuals to develop and implement prevention and health promotion strategies, which aim to enhance well-being and reduce demand on the health care and social service systems. Our three strategic areas of focus are: early child development, chronic disease prevention and health equity (inclusion). At Health Nexus, we envision a future where health inequities are reduced and the health of our communities is improved through collective commitment, action and innovation.

Health Nexus seeks an Aboriginal Health Promotion Consultant for 4 days a week for a period of 7 months. The successful applicant will work with the Best Start Resource Centre, a key program of Health Nexus, and will focus primarily on specific strategies to promote prenatal and child health in First Nation, Métis and Inuit populations in Ontario. Best Start Resource Centre provides health promotion training, consultation and information services to Ontario service providers who promote preconception, prenatal and child health.


  • Work in collaboration with key Aboriginal organizations, advisory group and key informants, following established protocols
  • Establish and maintain partnerships and initiatives with various local, provincial and national organizations and health promotional professionals
  • Develop resources on topics related to healthy pregnancies and healthy children Develop and present training and consultation sessions about healthy pregnancies and healthy children
  • Evaluate activities and develop reports


  • Understanding of factors affecting Aboriginal health, with a special focus on prenatal and child health
  • Understanding of cultural protocols and expectations in working with Aboriginal organizations and individuals
  • Experience in building successful relationships in Aboriginal health
  • Experience in using health promotion strategies to engage Aboriginal people
  • University degree in health promotion or other related field and/or related experience
  • Understanding of strength-based and holistic approaches to health
  • Ability to work independently and as a team
  • Computer literacy in word processing, database, email and internet/intranet systems
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Experience in developing and facilitating training sessions
  • Excellent communication & interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work with a diversity of people and groups and to build consensus

Please submit a letter of interest and resume, in confidence to:

Human Resources, Health Nexus
180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1900
Toronto, ON  M5G 1Z8
fax: 416-408-2122

Closing Date: Friday March 5, 2010

Please see our websites for more information: and

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted. Health Nexus is an equal opportunity employer.