Alberta Health Services - Calgary, AB (10 months ago)

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Your Opportunity:
Reporting to the Community Integration Coordinator (CIC), the Community Prevention Practitioner (CPP) will support the goals and activities of the Extended Community Health Outcomes Plus (ECHO+) project: To partner with Indigenous communities to tailor and implement the ECHO+ model in an effort to reduce inequities in the identification and treatment of HCV and other STBBIs. To develop strategies, resources and interventions that incorporate indigenous oral knowledge and western written evidence into the development of an expanded ECHO+ model. To rigorously test and evaluate the impact of spreading and scaling the ECHO+ model to Indigenous communities using a mixed-methods approach. ECHO+ intends to spread this approach to more Indigenous communities across the province. The ECHO+ model is also scalable for both engaging with Indigenous communities and expanding to include prevention, screening and treatment of other STBBIs. Further, the ECHO+ model can be leveraged to support Indigenous communities in identifying and taking action on other health priorities. The primary aim of the CPP role is to work as a liaison and to facilitate the implementation and evaluation of the ECHO+ model with Indigenous communities. The CPP role will require linkages to existing prevention and harm reduction initiatives, such as the Alberta First Nations Cancer Prevention and Screening Practice Project, in which CPPs work alongside Indigenous Knowledge.

Support engagement sessions in AHS Zones to introduce the ECHO+ project. Coordinate individual community engagement sessions to promote onboarding to the ECHO+ project with Indigenous communities. Support lateral referrals from Indigenous communities already participating in the ECHO project to solicit new Indigenous communities’ participation. Work with rural, remote and Indigenous community stakeholders to engage local healthcare providers in the ECHO+ program. Work closely with Indigenous communities to identify gaps in learning needs of healthcare providers and community members specific to Hepatitis C and STBBIs. Support development and adaptation of culturally appropriate cancer prevention and screening health education and training materials for healthcare providers. Support development and adaptation of the co-design methodology with Indigenous communities and Project Team. Assist Indigenous communities’ healthcare providers completing a Community Capacity Assessment Tool. Assist in facilitating in-service training to community-based staff, health professionals, managers and individuals. Support collaboration and establish mentorship processes with new Indigenous partner communities. Develop/adapt new programming that meets collective cancer prevention priorities and needs (e.g. Hep C, HPV, ASaP). Work with Indigenous communities to identify and prioritize other health priorities that can leverage the already implemented ECHO hub-and-spoke model. Collaborate with Indigenous communities and the Project Team to develop and implement project plans, share information, and meet project goals. Track community-based activities, outcomes, leadership engagement, capacity building and collaboration and contribute to the development of evaluation plans with Indigenous Communities. Participate in ECHO+ evaluation activities.

Classification: Liaison
Union: Exempt
Department: Extension for Com Hlth Outcome
Primary Location: Southport
Negotiable Location: Provincial
Temporary Employee Class: Temp F/T Benefits
FTE: 1.00
Posting End Date: 10-DEC-2019
Date Available: 20-DEC-2019
Temporary End Date: 29-NOV-2020
Hours per Shift: 7.75
Length of Shift in weeks: 2
Shifts per cycle: 10
Shift Pattern: Days
Days Off: Other
Minimum Salary: $22.84
Maximum Salary: $38.07
Vehicle Requirement: Driver's License, Vehicle Required

Required Qualifications:
A high school or GED diploma. 2 years’ experience working with Indigenous communities. Equivalent education and experience will also be considered (i.e., Licensed Practical Nurse, Community Health Representative & work experience in Indigenous communities). Knowledge of Indigenous health issues, challenges and concerns is essential for success in this position. A well-developed understanding of community-based work in an Indigenous community setting. Ability to be self-directed to meet demands and perform essential functions as outlined in the job description. Willing and able to travel to remote locations and lengthy vehicle travel. Willingness and flexibility to work outside regular hours with occasional need to work extended hours. Excellent facilitation, team building, negotiation and conflict management skills as they apply to multidisciplinary teams. Proficient and demonstrated ability with Microsoft Office Suite (Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel). Ability to operate technological equipment including (computer, projector, teleconference/videoconference units, etc.). Knowledge of health legislation and policies that impact Indigenous populations.

Additional Required Qualifications:
Self-directed with strong project management skills with an ability to handle multiple tasks. Excellent interpersonal and team skills. Seeks guidance to connect with external partners to AHS. Liaises with internal and external contacts to participate in evaluation activities. Knowledge of modifiable risk factors, Indigenous research methodologies, health promotion and disease prevention, including strategies and best practice evidence related to Hepatitis C and STBBIs. Ability to manage and prioritize work and meet deadlines. A demonstrated clear pattern of professional and personal development. Experience maintaining effective collaborations within diverse AHS stakeholder groups (i.e., SCNs) Conflict management expertise focusing on group dynamics and diverse priorities. Aptitude for building and sustaining complex relationships with key internal and external stakeholders.

Preferred Qualifications:
A Bachelor’s Degree in Health Promotion, Nursing, or related field is preferred.