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Epidemiologist, Approaches to Community Wellbeing, Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority

Sioux Lookout, Ontario
Deadline December 7, 2015

Internal/External Posting
Full Time Position
The Approaches to Community Wellbeing is a regional resource to 31 First Nations Communities.  The Approaches to Community Wellbeing provides expertise, support, services, and programming in public health to the region.  The program also supports communities in the development, implementation, and monitoring of their own Approaches to Community Wellbeing.

The Epidemiologist will be responsible for developing and maintaining a health surveillance for 31 First Nations communities.  The Epidemiologist will also be responsible for overseeing the data clerks, and conducting data analysis to develop health status reports.

Requirements and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in epidemiology, or a related field.
  • 2 years direct work experience in health surveillance, population health assessments, and data management/analysis
  • Understanding of Public Health Systems (including Health Promotion and Protection Act and the Ontario Public Health Standards), and First Nations health systems
  • Extensive knowledge of epidemiology and statistics
  • Extensive skills in creating and managing epidemiological databases
  • Experience using statistical software
  • Ability to communicate complex epidemiological and statistical concepts to health staff, community members, and other various audiences.
  • Experience working both independently and in a team-orientated, collaborative environment is essential;
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills;
  • Strong interpersonal skills;
  • Knowledge of research methodology
  • Strong leadership and supervisory skills;
  • Ability to effectively prioritize and execute tasks in a high-pressure environment;
  • Ability to develop and maintain respectful/cooperative relationships with First Nations people, communities, service stakeholders, and health care providers to promote an integrated seamless delivery of service
  • Ability to communicate in one of the First Nations dialects within the Sioux Lookout Zone an asset;
  • Must be willing to travel;
  • Must be willing to relocate and live in Sioux Lookout


  • Develop, implement, and manage a First Nations Health Surveillance system to keep track of the health status of Sioux Lookout area First Nations communities
  • Oversee and guide staff associated with data collection and analysis at the regional level (i.e. data clerks) and appraise employee job results
  • Work closely with community-based workers to ensure appropriate data collection practices are used.
  • Work closely with the Associate Medical Officer of Health and Approaches to Community Wellbeing Manager to provide Community Wellbeing services to the 31 communities.
  • Assist Approaches to Community Wellbeing in developing and monitoring program performance indicators.
  • Work closely with communities to develop data governance policies, and identify indicators they wish to include in health status reports.
  • Manage the preparation, maintenance, and submission of all health surveillance and health status reports
  • Plan, develop and implement systems that perform the work and fulfill the goals of the program efficiently and effectively.
  • To participate and direct delivery of training and educational activities for all communities
  • Support communities through the Anishinaabe Bimaadiziwin Research Program to conduct public health research
  • Liaise with leadership, frontline workers, health care providers and other service workers in communities to collaboratively strategize means to tackle priority issues related to public health/community wellbeing based on the health status analyses of communities.
  • Provide assistance when required and any other duties as assigned

Please send cover letter, resume, three most recent employment references and an up-to-date Criminal Reference Check to:

Human Resource Department
Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority
P.O. Box 1300, 61 Queen Street
Sioux Lookout, ON P8T 1B8
Phone: (807) 737-1802
Fax: (807) 737-2969

Closing Date: December 7, 2015 at 4:30 p.m.

No resumes received after this time will be accepted.

The Health Authority wishes to thank all applicants in advance. However, only those granted an interview will be contacted.

For additional information regarding the Health Authority, please visit our Web-site at

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