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VISION The Central Toronto Community Health Centres communities of Queen West and Shout receive their health care within a seamless system that is accessible from a variety of locations. The communities receive a level of service excellence that makes CTCHC a model for urban health care. MISSION CTCHC works as a resource to improve the health and quality of life of the communities that Queen West and Shout each serve. CTCHC achieves it mission through health promotion, harm reduction, education, community development, and advocacy, and through the provision of medical, nursing, dental and counseling services. OBJECTIVES CTCHC strives to: Offer the full range of services and programs necessary to improve the quality of life; Help secure a wider primary health care system that provides services and programs that are accessible, meet the changing health needs of communities and people, and are seamless; Respect, honour and integrate traditional and alternative approaches to health care; Offer services in a variety of locations throughout the catchment areas of Queen West and of Shout and Provide service with staff and volunteers who reflect, respect and honour the diversity of the community.
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CENTRAL TORONTO COMMUNITY HEALTH CENTRES Peer Hepatitis C Worker Part Time - 6 hours a week per worker August 2013 – March 12, 2014 CTCHC is a non-profit, community-based health organization committed to improving the health of community members, particularly those at risk for poverty and discrimination. Our multi-disciplinary approach includes the provision of primary health/dental care, counselling, harm reduction, community development, advocacy, and innovative partnerships with other organizations. CTCHC is a leader in the development of inner-city health services and focuses on the needs of homeless and street involved youth, adults and families in the local area. CTCHC is a pro-choice and gay positive organization committed to employment equity and anti-discrimination. Our facilities are fully accessible. The West End Hepatitis C Support Program aims to facilitate the ability of people and communities at risk of HVC infection to prevent HCV transmission, manage and live with HCV, support health promotion informed change to prevent disease progression, access social supports, increase access to testing, treatment and treatment supports. The project will focus particularly on homeless and under housed drug using adults and youth who are homeless or street involved in West downtown Toronto neighborhoods. Accountable to: The Hepatitis C Project Coordinator GENERAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Educate co-workers and community stakeholders regarding Hepatitis C transmission and risks • Assist in planning program activities and provide support, and referrals to health & community services • Provide accompaniment to clients as agreed upon by Project Coordinator • Prepare and distribute Hep C prevention/harm reduction materials and information • Participate in team discussions about trends and gather information from community. Attend weekly meetings, as well as on-going skill building workshops • Keep records of statistics and fill in end of shift journal • Assist the Project Coordinator in designing and implementing the Hep C Project. • Act as educators to peer group(s) • Promote the West End Hepatitis C Support Group and CTCHC services to other drug users who may not know about the services • Ability to work evenings and weekends • Participate in team meetings, supervision and training sessions. SPECIFIC EXPECTATIONS: • Arrive to work on time for the following shifts: Tuesdays 1:00-3:00pm; Wednesday 11:30-3:30pm. Attendance and punctuality will be monitored. • Notify Project Coordinator in the case of absences before shift. If a shift is missed, it is the Hep C worker’s responsibility to find out missing information following the shift (e.g. the next time in) • Work in consultation with the coordinator on program activities. This includes consulting with project coordinator on any changes in process or program activities • Ability to work respectfully and collaboratively with the wider Hep C team, and other CTCHC staff • Behave in a manner that creates a supportive environment for clients and co-workers • Abide by CTCHC’s confidentiality policy. Information discussed in the group and an individual meeting is confidential. • Act as a representative of CTCHC’s Hepatitis C program in the role of Peer Hepatitis C Worker within and outside the centre. • Any misunderstandings or conflicts need to follow CTCHC’s conflict resolution process. Any items not resolvable at peer and/or supervisory level can then be addressed by the Director. Qualifications: • Personal experience and knowledge of Hepatitis C , drug use, homelessness/being underhoused, harm reduction and sexual health • Knowledge and experience working with Aboriginal communities, street youth, squeegee people, panhandlers, the homeless & under housed, injection drug users, sex trade workers, as well as gay, lesbian, bi-sexual and transgender/sexual people • volunteer or work experience with a needle exchange program is a bonus • Excellent people skills required, must be open, non-judgmental and willing to learn • Successful completion of a previous peer program is a requirement • Ability to take initiative and work independently, while also working closely with the Project Coordinator and other Peers. The successful candidate will demonstrate a willingness to participate in CTCHC’s commitment to becoming a discrimination-free health centre and an ability to work interdependently and respectfully in a multi-disciplinary team. Languages other than English are an asset. To better represent the communities we serve, applicants from members of racial or cultural groups, Aboriginal people, people with disabilities, lesbians and gay men are encouraged. Salary: $16 an hour plus 4 % in lieu of vacation- must be willing to work flexible hours (evenings/weekends) Please email cover letter and resume by August 2nd, 2013 by noon to: Matt Johnson – Hepatitis C Coordinator firstname.lastname@example.org Applications may also be dropped off at: Central Toronto Community Health Centre 168 Bathurst Street, Toronto