Senior Health Policy Analyst
Shkaabe Makwa is a Centre for First Nations, Inuit and Métis (FNIM) Wellness at CAMH that supports culturally relevant systems initiatives to achieve health equity and community wellness in collaboration with First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities and service providers across Ontario. Through the implementation of wise practices, evidence-based models, trauma-informed interventions, and the advancement of research, Shkaabe Makwa strives to transform health outcomes which harmonize traditional knowledge and medical expertise.
Reporting to the Senior Manager of Strategic Initiatives at Shkaabe Makwa, the role of the Senior Health Policy Analyst is to lead policy development and analysis in cultural safety, reconciliation and anti-Indigenous racism in the health care sector. The role includes maintaining senior level relationships with government agencies affecting the health care of First Nations, Inuit and Métis. You will work closely with senior leadership at CAMH, and coordinate CAMH experts in the policy development process and leverage external expertise into written policies serving Shkaabe Makwa and CAMH. This role specifically supports the Clinical Care, Pharmacy and Therapeutics, and Operations Policy Committees in the review of existing CAMH policies and practices with a specialty lens of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural safety, anti-Indigenous racism and reconciliation principles.
Operational activities include but are not limited to: Timely review and revision of clinical and administrative policies and procedures to ensure that they are reflecting the unique needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis staff, patients, families and visitors; Consult with key stakeholders in clinical and administrative functions on policies and procedures needed to coordinate all necessary approvals through established channels and committees; Design and develop a new tool for screening existing policies so that future policy reviews incorporate anti-Indigenous racism, reconciliation, and Indigenous cultural safety lenses in its practice. Develop an approach to monitoring, reporting and evaluating the impact of CAMH’s policy work; Training committee members in the use of the new tool and in the design and development of a training module; Lead policy development work to guide the work of Shkaabe Makwa. This role includes the analysis of current and emerging municipal, provincial and federal policies as they apply to the work of Shkaabe Makwa and CAMH. The role also includes the writing of briefs, position papers and public policy documents. You will support a workplace that embraces diversity, encourages teamwork and complies with all applicable regulatory and legislative requirements. This position is located at the Queen Street site.
The successful candidate will have Master’s degree in health, public policy, social services, community development, planning or public health and five years of experience in a healthcare and/or policy setting, mental health or addictions, research, government or academic environments. You will have knowledge of traditions, cultures and values of First Nations, Inuit and Métis, and an understanding of how these can be embedded and reflected in policies and protocols in a healthcare setting. Previous experience building restorative and beneficial relationships in a clinical setting and in the workplace is an asset. An extensive knowledge of historical and intergenerational trauma and how trauma manifests in mental health and addiction challenges for Indigenous people is required. You will have understanding of measures that contribute to healing such as language, ceremonies, traditional healing practices, cultural protocols, community kinship. You have experience with policy analysis, review and development that promotes First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural safety and wellness and have experience developing policy screening tools and/or ability to identify existing tool/s that can be applied and utilized at CAMH. Experience in developing training materials and facilitating training with a small audience is required in addition to project management and coordination skills. You have experience establishing partnerships with local, provincial and national Indigenous-led/Indigenous-focused organizations and demonstrated judgement in working with diverse partners both within CAMH and with external partners. Knowledge of an Indigenous language is an asset and/or Bilingualism (French/English) and/or proficiency in a second language is an asset.
Vaccines (COVID-19 and others) are a requirement of the job unless you have an exemption on a medical ground pursuant to the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Please Note: This full-time, permanent position is NOT part of any bargaining unit.
Salary Range: Competitive salary and benefits package
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