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Community Outreach Worker – Diabetes Prevention Project, Unison Health and Community Services

Toronto, Ontario
Deadline June 28, 2014

Part Time
One year contract, 0.6 FTE/21 hours per week
Unison Health and Community Services is formed by the voluntary merger of New Heights Community Health Centres and York Community Services. Unison’s mission is: working together to deliver accessible and high quality health and community services that are integrated, respond to needs, build on strengths and inspire change.

Funded by Toronto Central LHIN, Diabetes Prevention Project (DPP) focuses on increasing diabetes awareness in the Latin American, East African and Caribbean populations living in North West Toronto.  The program includes diabetes risk screening in community settings, healthy lifestyles workshops and individual counselling with a Registered Dietitian.     

We are seeking an individual who is outgoing, has passion in diabetes prevention and is experienced in community outreach and engagement to join a team of community dietitian, community health promoter, peers and volunteers to deliver the well-established, evidence-informed diabetes prevention project.   

Responsibilities include the following:

Conduct effective outreach through:

  • identifying and forging partnerships with various community stakeholders, include but not limited to places of worship, community centres, social and health agencies
  • identifying and engaging clients from the identified at-risk populations
  • Identifying and participating in health related events
  • Coordinate the set up of Diabetes Risk Screening clinics that take place in communities across the GTA  
  • Collaborate with the Diabetes Education teams across all sites
  • Support the recruitment, training and supporting peers and volunteers
  • Provide assistance during the Back on Track (healthy lifestyles) sessions
  • Participate in team meetings and centre-wide initiatives
  • Perform administrative tasks such as updating tally spreadsheet on a weekly basis, document client success stories, etc.
  • Contribute to the ongoing evaluation of the DPP

The successful candidate will be/possess and demonstrate:

  • effective team work   
  • be self-directed and independent
  • strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • extensive community outreach experience  
  • skills in establishing and maintaining partnership with community groups and/or health agencies
  • excellent time management and organizational skills
  • experience in mentoring and training volunteers and students
  • ability to work flexible hours, include evenings and weekends, and to work out of multiple locations as required
  • ability to speak a second language, such as Spanish, is a definite asset
  • good understanding of health promotion and social determinants of health
  • university degree in a health or social science discipline from a recognized university or a combination of some post-secondary education and significant experience in outreach and health promotion

Interested candidates are asked to submit a résumé with covering letter by June 28th, 2014, 5:00 p.m., to:

Hiring Committee, Part Time Outreach Worker (DPP)
Unison Health and Community Services
12 Flemington Road
Toronto ON M6A 2N4

We encourage applications from people who are reflective of the diverse communities we serve.  

Only those applicants selected for interviews will be contacted.