Indigenous Health Promoter
Position Title: Indigenous Health Promoter
Experience/Specialty: Experience working in health care and/or social services, knowledge of urban Indigenous issues, familiarity with traditional Indigenous healing practices, and strong understanding of the legacy of colonialism in Canada.
REACH Community Health Centre is a non‐profit, community‐governed organization that provides primary health and dental care, health promotion and prevention programs. We are committed to providing inclusive, accessible, and sustainable programs and services to support the physical and mental health and well‐being of our community and individuals within it.
The Indigenous Health Promoter will support our work with the Indigenous communities we serve. The IHP will act as a cultural bridge to support community members in overcoming barriers to accessing care supporting their health and well being. This could be through a variety of modalities including: short term counseling, implementing culturally appropriate services, program development, and supporting REACH staff to deepen their understanding of culturally sensitive health practices. The IHP will bring your experience working with Indigenous communities in a health or mental health setting. We are seeking an innovator who is able to successfully engage in the community, and work across departments within an inter‐disciplinary team to support existing services.
The Indigenous Health Promoter (IHP) works with First Nations organizations and communities in the East Vancouver area to enhance the well‐being of Indigenous community members through outreach, educational and prevention strategies, program development, and initiatives to reduce inequities in the social determinants of health. Working both independently and collaboratively with individuals, staff, community partners, and volunteers, the IHP acts as a bridge between cultures to facilitate the delivery of culturally responsive programs and services, employing adult education strategies, community development techniques, and individual and group counseling skills. Focus will be on health promotion, health care systems navigation, and community development.
- Provide individual support and short‐term counseling as needed, including referral to REACH services and external community resources.
- Assist clients and their families in navigating health care and/or social services systems
- Advocate for clients in a range of settings with diverse service providers.
- Work together to implement health promotion programs and conduct support groups
- Provide outreach services to engage Indigenous community members in REACH programs and services
- Work as a member of an integrated health care team to navigate patients through the medical and social services systems and assist in developing inclusive health and social policies.
- Integrate Indigenous cultural health promotion practices into REACH.
Contribution to Team and Centre Activities
- Participate actively in staff meetings and board committees.
- Participate in the overall activities of the health centre, e.g. in service training, committees, special events and shared staff responsibilities.
- Communicate clearly, listen accurately, be open to feedback, handle conflict appropriately, and display sensitivity to others.
- Collaborate well with others, promote cooperation and teamwork.
- Participate in REACH's commitment to becoming discrimination free and an inclusive health centre and promotes a healthy lifestyle.
- Maintain the reputation and confidentiality of the health centre and its clients at all times.
- Adhere to all applicable REACH policies and procedures.
- Degree or diploma in social work or related social sciences or equivalent education/experience, with 4‐5 years experience in a health or community setting.
- Experience with mental health promotion and addictions management or relevant education.
- Counseling skills and experience working with families or groups.
- Knowledge of and experience working with Indigenous services and agencies.
- Experience with Indigenous people and a deep understanding of the unique challenges facing Indigenous people and communities.
- Knowledge of or familiarity with regional Indigenous cultural practices and beliefs and with traditional Indigenous healing practices.
- Knowledge and understanding of reconciliation initiatives at the local community and provincial levels.
- Experience working with a broad range of community members, including youth.
Skills and Abilities
- Ability to work effectively independently and in an inter‐disciplinary team environment.
- Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing with individuals, families, team members, other groups and community agency personnel.
- Ability to deal effectively with conflict situations.
- Demonstrate competency with computers and information technology (e.g., Microsoft office applications, Internet etc.).
- Must pass a criminal record check.
- First Aid/CPR training an asset.
- Some flexible work hour availability (including some evenings and weekends).