Health Equity Lead, Indigenous Populations
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Reporting to the Director, Indigenous Health, the Health Equity Lead, Indigenous Populations, is responsible for Indigenous health planning and engagement across the Ontario Health North region, with a focus on identifying and assisting with transformational activities within Indigenous health system planning to better understand gaps in health care, with the goal of finding solutions to close those gaps.
This position is accountable to implement the Ontario Health North Indigenous Health Equity Annual Work Plan and Engagement Framework, in alignment with Ontario Health priorities, and to guide its implementation alongside Ontario Health North staff and Indigenous health system partners.
NB: Please be advised that the scope of this role is regional in nature and therefore, the incumbent will work with health system partners across Northern Ontario.
Here is what you will be doing:
- Co-develop and implement an Annual Indigenous Health Equity Work Plan and Engagement Work Plan.
- As a team player, advance a foundational approach to develop resources that support staff in working through an Indigenous health equity lens and an organizational culture that embodies the philosophies of Indigenous Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism (EIDA-R).
- Support the coordination and delivery of Indigenous community engagement events which includes planning and logistics that support a better understanding of community needs, gaps and possible solutions to close health systems gaps.
- Keep up to date records on community engagement outcomes and monitors best practices in community engagement and communication methodologies.
- Develop local Indigenous engagement strategies and frameworks tailored to support the coordination and delivery of local/regional health-care system plans and priorities.
- Identify emerging issues in the Indigenous community that require a communications response. This would include working with community/provincial/federal partners to support the management of a response in the event of an emergency or crisis.
- Provide advice and input from the planning and performance perspective for the development of Indigenous health plans for community partners, planning, and the regional leadership team.
- Identity current gaps and create opportunities for community involvement for strategies with health equity best practices applied.
- Establish and maintain an updated centralized resource on Indigenous community groups for internal planning use.
- Provide facilitation at Indigenous community events to lead group discussions on complex health issues which will require excellent listening and communication skills.
OH North – Team Work
- Advise on ensuring an Indigenous health equity lens is included in the work of approved and developing Ontario Health Teams.
- Identify, develop, and facilitate Indigenous cultural and health care training/learning as an Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Anti-Racism (EIDA-R) priority tailored to Ontario Health North staffing cultural competency needs.
- Work in partnership with staff to help reduce barriers while improving overall health system navigation for Indigenous people living in Northern Ontario.
- Identify and select appropriate planning approaches for use in engagement, such as: needs-based models and community-based input models to be used in health capacity planning.
- Support project plans, and assists with setting priorities, provide support in identifying required budget allocations for Indigenous health planning and community engagement.
- Coordinate and conduct analysis of local health-care system based on provincial data, federal databases, community input and other sources for purpose of identifying gaps and establishing planning and integration priorities.
- Act as a resource to organizational planners and performance staff to identify and provide advice on Indigenous health system objectives including the selection of appropriate methodologies.
- Provide technical planning expertise in the analysis of data and information that assists in determining local health-care system plans and priorities related to the Indigenous population.
- Participate in, and contribute to, provincial and regional planning activities where required.
- As a team member, maintain an updated inventory of Indigenous communities’ key leaders, Health Directors, profile of the community and programs and health services provided at the community level.
- Work within a team to lead system planning efforts with a goal to strengthen the delivery of health services for Indigenous population groups.
- Monitor best practice and research related to Indigenous health.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
Here is what you will need to be successful:
Education and Experience
- Post-Secondary Degree or Diploma in Health-related field, Public Administration, Business or Social Work, or the equivalent combination of education, training and experience
- 5 years related experience working in an Indigenous community
- Good understanding of the Northern Ontario Indigenous population landscape, including rural, remote, and urban communities/health service providers/First Nation communities/ Provincial Territorial Organizations/ Tribal Councils
- Preference will be given to individuals with lived experience in a First Nation, Inuit, Métis and urban Indigenous community
- Preference for candidates with understanding of a Northern Ontario Indigenous language
- Good working knowledge of Indigenous health planning processes and the jurisdictional issues associated with the delivery of Indigenous health care services
- Demonstrated experience in successful community outreach and community engagement with Indigenous people
- Proven track record in working with Indigenous groups to achieve successful outcomes
- In-depth development knowledge of local health issues, priorities and needs while recognizing the broader trends in health care policy and system development
- Good understanding and sensitivity to federal and provincial Indigenous health planning processes
- Sensitivity and awareness of traditional healing and wellness practices
- Understanding of the Ontario health-care system, its partners, programs, and issues
- Knowledge of health equity as an approach to strengthening the health care system
- Demonstrated experience with facilitation techniques and processes
- Comfortable with the development and delivery of presentations; including engagement with Indigenous people; and the facilitation of EIDA-R learning options for Ontario Health North staff
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to work effectively in partnership with Indigenous people and organizations with diverse backgrounds
- Strong interpersonal and relationship management skills, supported by excellent written and oral communication skills
- Well-developed decision-making, problem-solving and judgement skills
- Excellent project management and presentation skills including planning and communications
Employment Type: Permanent Full-Time
Paygrade and Zone: 5A
Location: Ontario North Region (currently hybrid; subject to change). All applicants must be a resident of Ontario to be considered for roles at Ontario Health.
Ontario Health encourages applications from candidates who are First Nations, Métis, Inuit, and urban Indigenous; Francophone; Black and racialized; members of 2SLGBTQIA+ communities; trans and nonbinary; and disabled.
We encourage applicants with accessibility needs to notify us if they have any accommodation needs in the application and/or interview process.
Note: As part of the initial recruitment screening process, applicants must confirm that they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. If applicants are not fully vaccinated, they will be required to identify any accommodation needs pursuant to a protected ground under the Code. Applicants who identify an accommodation need will be required to provide supporting documentation with respect to their need for accommodation when requested by Ontario Health. If no such accommodation is identified, the applicant will not be eligible to proceed through the recruitment process.”