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RFP--Environment and Reproductive Health, Best Start Resource Centre

Deadline for Proposals: July 22, 2005

The Best Start Resource Centre is seeking a researcher/writer to research and write a report about environment and reproductive health.

Purpose: This report will be developed for a range of service providers and groups whose work addresses reproductive health and/or environmental issues. The report will summarize relevant research and provide practical strategies related to environment and reproductive health. This project will be guided by an advisory group of experts in environmental issues and reproductive health. The report will be produced in English and will be approximately 30,000 words in length.

The report will be completed by December 2005. It will be promoted through listservs and e-bulletins. It will be available in print format, as well as through the Best Start website.

Preliminary content areas

* Summary of information on the known environmental risks to reproductive health

* Descriptions of sample programs that have effectively addressed environmental risks and reproductive health

* Summary of effective strategies for eliminating or reducing the impact of environmental risks to reproductive health, including information from the literature and key informant interviews

* Information about strategies for awareness, advocacy, education and policy, as well as approaches for health professionals and community level changes

* Key principles, tips and recommendations

* Other sources of information


Service providers and groups who address reproductive health and/or environmental health(some examples include staff in public health, Early Years programs, CAPC/CPNP programs, health professionals, environmental programs etc.)


The successful applicant will

* Work with Best Start and the Advisory group to further define the methodology and the content for the report

* Complete a review of relevant literature related to environment and reproductive health

* Set up and complete a minimum of 20 key informant interviews concerning effective practices and approaches in eliminating or reducing environmental risks to reproductive health

* Synthesize evidence from the literature and key informant interviews, focusing mainly on environmental risks and effective strategies for reducing or eliminating environmental risks

* Draft a report and finalize the text based on input from Best Start and the Advisory group

* Authorship is still to be determined

* Best Start has $17,500 available for this contract

Requirements: Best Start is looking for an individual with strong analytical skills who can interpret, assess and summarize information. The successful applicant will demonstrate strong research and writing skills. The applicant will have demonstrated experience and skills in developing resources related to environmental health.

To apply: Interested individuals are requested to submit a brief proposal. The proposal should demonstrate the applicant's knowledge, skills and experience to successfully fulfill this contract; identify approach that the applicant will take in researching and drafting the report; and fee. All proposals will be held in confidence.

Applicants are encouraged to review the format and style of the following Best Start resources:

* Workplace Reproductive Health: Research and Strategies

* Preconception and Health: Research and Strategies

Completion date: November 2005

Deadline for Applications: July 22 at 5:00 p.m. (EST)

Submit proposal by email, fax or mail to

Environment and Reproductive Health

Best Start Resource Centre

c/o Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse

180 Dundas Street West, Suite 1900

Toronto, ON M5G 1Z8

Fax: (416) 408-2122

We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

Best Start is a key program of the Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse and is funded by the Ontario government. The Ontario Prevention Clearinghouse is an equal opportunity employer.