Job Opportunity: CHAP Knowledge Broker

by Scott Mitchell on October 4, 2017

Context

To combat the epidemic of chronic disease, the Cardiovascular Health Awareness Program (CHAP) addresses common modifiable risk factors, include smoking, physical inactivity, and poor diet, by raising awareness of relevant health and community resources available to encourage self-care and appropriate management of cardiovascular disease. CHAP is a patient-centred, interdisciplinary, multi-faceted, community-led, cardiovascular disease prevention and management program developed for Canadian adults. It has received recognition at the national and international level for its demonstrated effectiveness at reducing hospitalisation rates for cardiovascular diseases without additional costs to the health care system. The program is based on Wagner’s Chronic Care Model and includes the following essential elements:

  • Health risk assessment and education
  • Use of validated screening tools and devices
  • Community-wide orientation, involving local resources and volunteers
  • Links to primary care providers
  • Feedback of results to health professionals
  • Ongoing evaluation and quality improvement

Our current work focuses on developing these essential elements to identify optimal conditions for scaling up and increasing efficiency. Our goal is to provide evidence to support the implementation of CHAP in communities across Canada and beyond. The CHAP team is seeking a Knowledge Broker to lead efforts toward the sustainability of the program.

Position Description

Accountable to CHAP principal investigators, McMaster University and the University of Montreal Hospital Research Centre (CRCHUM), the Knowledge Broker is responsible for bridging the gap between research and decision-making to promote evidence-based practice and policy decisions. The CHAP Knowledge Broker initiates, develops and implements knowledge translation strategies to make research evidence available and accessible to key knowledge users for practice, planning and policy making. The Knowledge Broker identifies key stakeholders in the decision-making processes at national, provincial and local government levels, and develops and maintains relationships with them. S/he organizes meetings and workshops for diverse audiences, advocates for and represents CHAP at various events, platforms, and committees, and identifies and leverages new partnerships and funding opportunities. The Knowledge Broker will need to become familiar with results from CHAP studies and be up-to-date with CHAP current research projects. The Knowledge Broker will increase stakeholder knowledge about CHAP with a focus on stakeholders who have influence to fund or implement chronic disease prevention and management programs.

Key Skills:

  • Demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to set priorities and work effectively with team members
  • Solution-focused problem-solver with excellent analytical abilities
  • Self-motivated, ability to work independently and demonstrate initiative
  • Interpersonal and communication skills
  • Fluency with Microsoft Office: Word, PowerPoint and Excel
  • Editorial skills and ability to create high quality communication materials for diverse audiences in print and electronic formats (press releases, articles, leaflets, newsletters, presentations, short videos and policy briefing)
  • Diplomacy and discretion

Qualifications

A Master’s degree in communication, public relations, politics, government, public administration, social policy, business studies or management, with 5 to 8 years of direct work experience

  • Significant experience reaching out to political and governmental stakeholders, and policy advocates
  • Experience with lobbying groups, intergovernmental relations
  • Knowledge and experience in stakeholder mobilization efforts
  • Knowledge of written and spoken French and English
  • Knowledge of the Canadian healthcare sector (i.e. understanding the context, knowledge of implication of doing cardiovascular prevention) is an asset

Responsibilities

Responsibilities of the knowledge broker are grouped around three key stages of the knowledge-to-action cycle:

  1. Activities to be carried out to adapt CHAP knowledge to the local context:
    1. Update the CHAP implementation guide, by developing materials based on the team’s most recent work
    2. Develop a series of online presentations and webinars to showcase CHAP benefits targeting community pharmacists, family physicians, public health, and the public
    3. Develop policy briefs for policy makers at local, regional, provincial, and federal level
  2. Activities to be carried out to assess barriers to CHAP knowledge use:
    1. Organize one workshop with health communication experts, patients, clinicians, and decision makers to discuss barriers to wider implementation of knowledge generated by the CHAP program
  3. Activities carried out to select, tailor and implement CHAP interventions:
    1. Update and maintain the CHAP website, and adapt its literacy level for the general population
    2. Assist the team in formalizing and strengthening partnership with the Heart & Stroke Foundation, and assist in implementing and evaluating the new Community Hypertension Prevention Initiative (CHPI) program.
    3. When appropriate, reach out to and strengthen relationships with national and regional health policy decision makers and funders to showcase implementability and benefits of the program. We will also pursue opportunities for integration of CHAP into formal health policy and programming by seeking the endorsement from professional colleges and associations (family physicians, pharmacists, nurses, dietitians, kinesiologists) to promote CHAP to their members and improve its uptake
    4. Organize face-to-face regional/provincial workshops with potential local lead organizations to foster development of community action plans to implement CHAP into their communities.

Work Conditions

  • Full-time position; part-time work possible if more convenient for the employee
  • Can be based at McMaster University or CRCHUM
  • 1-year contract, with possible extension
  • May require work on evenings or weekends
  • May required travel to attend events and meetings
  • Salary based on qualifications and norms at CRCHUM

How to Apply

All interested individuals must submit an Expression of Interest in one single document, with a cover letter and curriculum vitae to jocelyne.gagne@umontreal.ca.

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