COVID-19 Indigenous Research Outreach Worker

Job Opportunity by WE Count COVID

Job type: Full Time Contract


We Count COVID-19: Comprehensive First Nations, Inuit, and Metis COVID-19 response program and community research database project at Well Living House, Centre for Urban Health Solutions, St. Michael’s Hospital, in partnership with Seventh Generation Midwives Toronto and Na-Me-Res is currently looking for a COVID-19 Indigenous Research Outreach Worker. The We Count COVID-19 projects use Indigenous processes to address gaps in health and public health services and information for (FNIM) impacted by COVID-19. Specifically, this project includes project in particular focuses on: - Support operations of Auduzhe Mino Nesewinong – an Indigenous COVID testing site; - Facilitate access to Indigenous COVID testing, case identification and contact tracing - Direct support for community members in quarantine and isolation; - Demystifying COVID-19 prevention strategies, testing, isolation, and care; - Conduct research with community members who had COVID, currently have COVID or are at risk of getting COVID. Under the supervision of the Research Project Manager, the Research Outreach Worker will identify and respond to Indigenous people in Toronto impacted by COVID-19 through direct outreach and interface with Indigenous Community Members and conduct action-research activities involved in the design and delivery of the We Count COVID-19 project. Responsibilities:

  • Identification of FNIM peoples who have been diagnosed with COVID via word of mouth; interagency referrals; project phoneline; at testing site and street outreach;
  • Recruit Indigenous community members at risk COVID or who would like to include their data in the project;
  • Assessment, support and referrals for unmet health and social needs;
  • Referral and facilitation of COVID-19 testing;
  • Supporting understanding of public health information regarding prevention strategies, testing, isolation, quarantine and care;
  • Case investigation and contact tracing;
  • Collection of COVID reporting information;
  • Ensure maintenance of confidentiality of information and records in accordance with standards of ethics and the principles of Indigenous community governance and management of Indigenous information;
  • Coordinate with clinical and research team to ensure a collaborative and cohesive experience for Indigenous community members;
  • Supporting operations of Auduzhe Mino Nesewinong/Place of Healthy Breathing as needed or directed;
  • Other duties as defined by the Research Project Manager or SGMT/Na-Me-Res/WLH executive project leadership team
  • College certificate, undergraduate degree in relevant health or social services field or equivalent relevant lived or work experience
  • Demonstrated and exceptional ability to engage and build relationships with diversity of FNIM individuals and agencies in a respectful and strength-based manner
  • Minimum of 1 year of previous experience of outreach or community service work in an Indigenous community context
  • Able to handle confidential information with discretion
  • Able to complete required reports, including computer data entry
  • Experience with trauma-informed care; able to communicate with clients in a professional, empathetic and culturally safe manner
  • Experience with Indigenous community-based service and/or research models, experience in dealing with or knowledge of the Indigenous health
  • Strong communication (verbal/written) and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to manage multiple tasks in a timely manner and flexibility to adapt to changing workload
Weekly hours: 1 FTE / 40 hours per week until March 31, 2021 Salary: Commensurate with experience. Location: 22 Vaughn Rd Toronto, M6G 2C4 We encourage Indigenous applicants (First Nation, Metis and Inuit) to apply. We thank all applicants for their interest, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If you are invited to an interview and require accommodation, we will make every effort to accommodate you. CLOSING DATE: Wednesday December 23, 2020 at 12pm. Please submit your application and references to: Attn: WE Count COVID – Manager c/o Anna Galati, Office Coordinator, SGMT fax: 416-530-7478 SGMT 525 Dundas St E, second floor