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Database Assistant, Summer Student Job Position, Stroke Prevention Initiative, Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse

In 2002-2003, the Stroke Prevention Initiative (SPI) Team from the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse began discussions with the staff at the Regional Stroke Centres (RSCs) across Ontario to learn about their work and to identify ways we could support primary prevention and health promotion. To facilitate this support, the team developed a searchable inventory of 2,300 primary and secondary prevention services and programs in communities across nine regions of the province. These resources are stored in an Intranet (Livelink) as part of the Ontario Health Promotion Resource System. In July, SPI tested the inventory briefly with specific Regional Stroke Centres. The issues that became immediately evident were the poor user interface and the lengthy, complex search methods. As a result the Team decided to move the information to a stand-alone website with a database that is more intuitively accessed by both health professionals and consumers. A significant volume of data must be moved from one platform into another.

The resources collected in 2003 need review and updating. Over the summer we will pilot the new website with a limited amount of information in order to test its effectiveness and make necessary adaptations before its full launch in September.

The student will report to the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse Stroke Prevention Initiative Team (3 members) and will work under the supervision of the Research Assistant, Stroke Prevention Initiative.
35 hours per week, June 7-August 27, 2004

Pay: $10 an hour

Job Responsibilities

* Review currently stored data/resources stored as text documents or as URLs on intranet and make necessary updates.

* Input community resource information and other stroke or chronic disease data into templates for new database.

* Attend meetings with team and IT consultants as database needs develop.

* Acquire a basic understanding of the field of health promotion.

* Undertake other administrative duties as required.


* Preference given to students registered in a college or university program; a background in Health, Social Services

* Experience or knowledge of relational databases

* Demonstrated clear, concise writing skills

* Able to work comfortably in Windows environment

* Able to work independently, be self-directed in achieving

goals and meeting deadlines

* Volunteer and/or work experience in health, teaching, or

social service areas

* Knowledge of French an asset


* Must be a full-time student returning to full-time studies in the fall of 2004

* Must be between 15 and 30 years of age on the first day of employment

* Must not be attending full-time classes or be employed in any other

full-time (over 30 hours) position while carrying out this job

* Must be legally entitled to work in Ontario

This position is contingent on funding.

Interested candidates should send in a resume and cover letter detailing relevant qualifications, eligibility, and experience to reach OPC by 5.00 p.m. on Thursday, May 27, 2004.

By email to with Subject: Database Assistant

By fax to (416) 408-2122

By post to 180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1900, Toronto, Ontario, M5G 1Z8

Email applications preferred. No telephone calls, please.

We thank all applicants but only those under consideration will be


For more information about the Stroke Prevention Initiative, visit OPC is committed to the principles of employment equity and encourages applications from all qualified individuals.