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Aboriginal Health Promotion Consultant, Health Nexus

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline June 13, 2011

Location: In Ontario. Travel throughout Ontario and to BC may be required.
Term: 12 month contract position, with possibility of extension to 18 months, 17.5 to 24.5 hours a week, starting in June, 2011
 
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 strategic areas of focus currently include: 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 a part time Aboriginal Health Promotion Consultant for a 1 year contract. 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 preconception, prenatal and child health in First Nations, Métis and Inuit populations. Best Start Resource Centre provides health promotion training, consultation and information services to Ontario service providers who work in the areas of preconception, prenatal and child health.

Responsibilities:

  • Work in collaboration with key Aboriginal organizations, advisory groups and key informants, following established protocols  
  • Establish and maintain partnerships and initiatives with various local, provincial and national organizations and health promotional professionals
  • Coordinate resource development on topics related to preconception, prenatal and child health
  • Develop and facilitate training and consultation sessions about preconception, prenatal and child health
  • Evaluate activities and develop reports
  • While the majority of the work will focus on Aboriginal populations, some tasks may be related to the general population

Qualifications:

  • Broad knowledge and experience in addressing preconception, prenatal and child health
  • Understanding of factors affecting Aboriginal health, with a special focus on preconception, 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 301
Toronto, M5G 1Z8
Fax: 416-408-2122
Email: jobs@healthnexus.ca

Please see our websites for more information (http://www.healthnexus.ca, http://www.beststart.org).
 
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.