Under the direction and supervision of the Chief Operations Officer, the Health Policy Analyst will analyze, document, and coordinate recommendations and facilitate linkages between Government policies and community directives to develop a current, high-level understanding of the most significant health matters that impact the First Nations citizens and will advocate for overall improvement of the health status in a manner that is consistent with northern First Nations cultures and values.
- Contribute to the development and implementation of collaborative strategic action plans that support transformation in First Nations health and wellness services, standards, and policies.
- Participate in the collection, analysis, and dissemination of evidence-based information to support health planning and decision-making.
- Review, monitor, and analyze provincial and federal government health care legislation and policy decisions/directives, initiatives, and operational plans that affect the health and health services of First Nations in northern Manitoba.
- Participate in Inter-Governmental Committees as a representative and liaison between governments and First Nations in this capacity.
- Work closely with the Health Advisors and health Portfolio holders in all areas of health and assist the First Nations leadership in addressing health issues collectively.
- Support community engagement activities for health transformation for northern First Nations, facilitate internal and external dialogue, and write reports.
- Develop positive working relationships and liaise with northern First Nations, Regional Caucuses, and Health Directors.
- Identify effective methods of information dissemination based on target audiences.
- Participate/support working groups/committees tasked with engagement and identification of clinical and health care gaps for First Nations.
- Prepare Briefing Notes for both Executive and senior-level meetings on health issues.
- Facilitate the communication processes involving multiple stakeholders, including distributing information to and receiving feedback from northern First Nation Chief & Councils, Communities, Health Directors, and/or relevant Allied Health professionals where possible.
- Post-secondary degree in health policy, public health, public administration, political science, native studies, law, or related discipline and/or combined relevant experience.
- Deep understanding of First Nations governance, federal, provincial, and regional health authority structures and processes, and corporate responsibilities.
- Working knowledge of political, legislative, and regulatory processes impacting First Nations health and governance.
- Knowledge of health issues, health care systems, programs, and services as they impact First Nations.
- Knowledgeable about significant health matters related to: Current First Nation Health Structures and systems, Health Professions, Population Health, community control over health, various health conditions, and the status of First Nations citizens within the northern region.
- Must be able to negotiate interests with tact, diplomacy, and professionalism and maintain a constant level of professionalism as a representative.
- Able to network with First Nations and government representatives.
- Experience with community development and knowledge of First Nation political structure and issues at the local, regional, and national levels is an asset.
- Proficiency with computer software applications, internet, e-mail, and Microsoft Office applications is required.
- Must have excellent writing, oral, and interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to prepare and deliver high-quality written reports and presentations for diverse audiences.
- Experience with First Nations community engagement, community-based research, and First Nations decision-making processes is an asset.
- Understand and appreciate the diverse and unique aspirations of northern First Nation people and communities within a cultural context.
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