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RFP--Heart Health Consultants, Heart Health Resource Centre

A. Background

The mandate of the Heart Health Resource Centre (HHRC) is to enhance the capacity of public health agencies and their community partners to implement comprehensive, multi-risk factor, community-based chronic disease prevention programs. Funded by the Ministry of Health Promotion, it is one of 21 resource centres that make up the Ontario Health Promotion Resource System, (OHPRS).  HHRC's primary stakeholders are Ontario Heart Health Program- Taking Action for Healthy Living Coordinators and their community partners across Ontario.  It is managed and administered by the Ontario Public Health Association.

B. Consulting Services Requested

HHRC is seeking several consultants to provide a variety of consulting services.  Because it is responsible for leading and coordinating capacity building, a main function of HHRC is to offer on-site consultations to help health agencies and community coalitions plan and manage their chronic disease and heart health programs.  In addition, there may be an opportunity to develop regional workshops in response to specific stakeholder learning needs.
HHRC requires consultants to carry out the following activities between June, 2008 and March 31, 2009.

Conduct in-depth consultations with heart health and community agencies on such topics as

  • Strategic planning
  • Program planning and priority-setting
  • Developing and sustaining partnerships
  • Policy development
  • Evidence-informed practice
  • Other topics as new needs are identified.

The ideal candidate(s) will have in-depth knowledge and skills in the following core areas:

  • Public health and health promotion principles
  • Principles of adult education and ability to design and deliver training workshops
  • Consultation and group facilitation; and
  • In-depth knowledge and skills in one or more of the workshop and consultation topic areas described above.

The consultant will be managed by and report to the Interim Manager/Manager of HHRC.

C. Deliverables

  • Development or revision of workshop curricula or resources in specific topic areas, as well as related evaluation tools, with input and guidance from HHRC.
  • Travel to provide on-site workshops and consultations within Ontario.
  • Acting as a lead trainer in workshops.
  • Provision of in-depth in-person consultations or facilitation.
  • Provision of consultations by phone and email.
  • Available to deliver a minimum of 15 days of consultation and coaching.
  • Completion of HHRC reports, noting activities, outputs and outcomes
  • Participation in periodic HHRC consultants meetings.


HHRC requires consultants to carry out the specified activities between now and March 31, 2009. Successful consultants' contracts will span one year, with the possibility of renewal.

The deadline for submissions is 5:00 p.m. on Monday, June 9, 2008.
Please include in your proposal:

  • A summary of previous relevant experience, a full resume and references, and a description of how your skill-set and experience will contribute towards the activities specified in part B;
  • A description of the steps and processes that you would follow when developing and delivering a new workshop;
  • A description of the steps and processes that you would follow when engaging in an in-depth consultation with a heart health community partnership.

Individuals will submit a proposal to:

Pam Kinzie
Interim Manager,
Heart Health Resource Centre
Ontario Public Health Association
700 Lawrence Ave. W., Suite 310
Toronto, ON  M6A 3B4

Direct line (519) 922-3455
1-800-267-6817 ext. 229

E. Evaluation Criteria

  • Compliance with proposal requirements
  • Previous experience and references
  • Methodology and approach regarding developing and implementing trainings and consultations

F. General Terms and Conditions

Proposals submitted may be reviewed and evaluated by any person(s) designated by HHRC. Proposals that do not comply with the conditions and requirements of the call for proposals may be refused.

Information contained in this call for proposals is considered proprietary by HHRC. Respondents must agree to maintain the confidential nature of this and any other proprietary information so identified by HHRC.

HHRC reserves the right to award all or any portion of a proposal which is deemed most favourable to their interests. HHRC will evaluate each proposal on the basis of the criteria contained under the heading "Evaluation Criteria". HHRC reserves the right to reject any or all proposals. HHRC shall not be obligated to provide reasons for the rejection of any proposal.