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Participatory Research Facilitator, Lesbians and Breast Cancer Project, Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation

This project is designed to build the capacity of the lesbian community to respond to breast cancer. It draws on the knowledge and commitment of lesbians directly affected by breast cancer, representatives of key agencies in the lesbian and breast cancer communities, health professionals and researchers. Together members of the Lesbians and Breast Cancer Project Team will engage in participatory research about the experiences, needs and strengths of lesbians with breast cancer, and about the enablers of and/or barriers to care and support that lesbians with breast cancer encounter.

The Research Facilitator will

* co-ordinate activities of the Project Team;

* promote the research to community agencies, women's health organizations and within the cancer-care community;

* recruit research participants;

* handle logistics of interviews and focus groups;

* conduct individual interviews and focus groups;

* assist with interview analysis, including coding research transcripts;

* with the Team, create an action plan from our work; and

* assist with report preparation.


* Skill and experience in project co-ordination

* Skill and experience with qualitative research interviewing, including one-to-one interviewing around sensitive topics, and focus group interviewing

* Familiarity with lesbian health and health care issues and lesbian community resources

* Capacity to work with a diverse lesbian community (especially by age, class, ethnicity and ability)

* Comfort with Word, e-mail and web searches required, familiarity with NVivo is an asset, as is experience with literature searching (especially social science literature)

This position is for 15 hours/ week for one year; rate of pay $23/ hour (with the possibility of additional hours on a separate research study). The study involves some travel and some interviews may take place evenings or weekends, depending on participants' schedules.

Send resume by Friday, September 27 to

Christina Sinding, Ph.D.

Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative, Psychosocial & Behavioural Research Unit,

790 Bay Street

Toronto, ON M5G 1N8

The Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative was created to explore the social, psychological, emotional and spiritual meanings and consequences of breast cancer. We investigate issues and experiences important to women active in breast cancer groups and organizations and to women with breast cancer more generally. We are especially committed to work with groups of women who have not been well represented in research and programs. The Ontario Breast Cancer Community Research Initiative is a partnership of Toronto Sunnybrook Regional Cancer Centre (Psychosocial & Behavioural Research Unit), The Centre for Research in Women' Health and The Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation, Ontario Chapter.