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Thesis Opportunity for Graduate Student, University Health Network


University Health Network Women's Health Program has an employment opportunity for a graduate student to get involved in a study called "Popular Health Promotion Strategies among Chinese and East-Indian Immigrant Women." This study is funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC). The investigation team is comprised of Donna E. Stewart, Farah Ahmad, Usha George, and Angela Cheung. There is potential for this study to be developed into a graduate thesis project.



University Health Network (UHN) is an umbrella organization of the Toronto General Hospital, the Toronto Western Hospital and the Princess Margaret Hospital. The Women's Health Program at UHN is a multidisciplinary program dedicated to advance women's health through education, research, health promotion, health services, and policy.



The objective of this study is to examine how health can be promoted in an increasingly diverse Canadian Society. Women's opinions will be gathered through focus group discussions regarding popular ways of receiving health information in both, their country of origin and in Canada. This study also involves a literature review to investigate similarities and differences between targeted women and mainstream women with respect to the transfer and uptake of health messages.



Major Responsibilities

* Organize focus groups with community agencies serving Chinese and Hindi immigrants

* Moderate focus groups with East-Indian women

* Literature review

* Data analysis and manuscript preparation

* Maintain liaison with community partners

* Report to researcher/investigator of study



Key Qualifications

* Students registered in Master's Program with primary focus in public/community health, health promotion, communication, social work, education or related field

* Minimum one year experience in community work (up to 3 years preferred)

* Ability to communicate in Hindi or Punjabi language (preferably read and write as well)

* Excellent written and verbal communication skills

* Excellent organizational skills and ability to work in multidisciplinary teams

* Good interpersonal and consulting skills

* Previous training in qualitative research methods

* Knowledge of NUDIST software for qualitative analysis



Interested candidates, please send your resume and covering letter by April 30th, 2001 to



Maryam Sheikh, Research Assistant

University Health Network Women's Health Program

Toronto General Hospital

657 University Ave., ML/2-004E

Toronto, Ontario, M5G 2N2

Fax: (416) 340-4185