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Research Assistant, Viva Health Project

The Portuguese Canadian National Congress (PCNC) is a national
organization representing nearly 400,000 Canadians of Portuguese
heritage. In the Fall of 2005, the Congress applied for and was awarded
an action research, three-year project by the Population Health Fund,
of the Ministry of Health, called Viva! Health Project. Project
partners include the PCNC (lead organization), the Centre for Health
Promotion at the University of Toronto, the Joint Centre of Excellence
for Research on Immigration and Settlement-Toronto (CERIS), community
health service providers and Portuguese grassroots organizations and
media across Canada.   The goal of the Viva! Health Project
is to increase the capacity of Portuguese communities across Canada to
take action on the social and economic factors that adversely affect
their health and increase their risk of chronic disease.

The Viva! Health Project will use the logic model as an evaluation
framework. A variety of indicators will assess the quantity and quality
of the deliverables and the reach and impact of the project.
Information will be collected through evaluation forms, interviews,
surveys and a limited number of focus groups. Baseline data will be
collected through the Health Status Report and other activities at the
beginning of the project; an end-of-project evaluation will also be
conducted. Information about project activities, findings and impact
will be disseminated through a variety of vehicles including: articles
in community media and scholarly journals, the Congress website and
listserv, presentations to grassroots organizations, regional workshops
and seminars, and meetings with policymakers, government officials and
mainstream service providers.

Portuguese-Canadian National Congress     

Supervisor: Viva! Health Research Committee (weekly basis)

Job Description: We are looking for a graduate student with an interest
in research and related skills in epidemiology & health promotion
to begin work as an RA, starting January 2006. The job is to develop a
research plan and draft Health Status Report Table of Contents, conduct
a (grey and published) literature review on social determinants of
health and immigrant/Portuguese communities, source and secure data
from Stats Can, Department of health, school boards, Workers'
Compensation Board, and various other sources; to analyse the data,
draft the report and contribute to the development of related
presentations and conference papers; conduct Internet research with a
view to compiling educational health materials for database accessible
to the Portuguese-Canadian community.

Job location: TBD    
Duration of Assignment: January to December 2006
Number of hours:  up to a maximum of 399 hours

Required Education/Skills

Master's level, preferably PhD in Epidemiology, Health Promotion.
Excellent research, data analysis and writing skills. Ability to
speak/read/write in French and Portuguese an asset.

Additional Requirements: Evening or weekend work

To apply, please contact Ilda Januario at Portuguese-Canadian National