Aboriginal Health Coordinator

Circle of Indigenous Nations
Posted 3 months ago
$30 - $31 an hour
Full Time

Job Description

This position begins Apr 11, 2022 and ends Oct 19, 2023 to cover a maternity leave

VALUES: Health care to Aboriginal people in Kootenay Boundary must be guided by the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society’s values grounded by mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical Aboriginal teachings.

JOB SUMMARY: Based in Castlegar with the Circle of Indigenous Nations Society (COINS) and working within the Kootenay Boundary Health District, the Aboriginal Health Coordinator supports and advocates for all Aboriginal patients/clients, caregivers and their families with the provision of health care services. The West Kootenay position will be based in the Castlegar and will require travel throughout the region.

The Aboriginal Health Coordinator is part of the interdisciplinary care network and is a resource for both health care providers and Aboriginal patients to ensure care is culturally safe, respectful, and effective. The role will focus on Primary Care Networks (PCN) with some additional liaison focuses as required (i.e. acute care, transition between acute and primary care). A PCN is a network of local health care providers designed to meet patients primary care needs. Within a PCN there are family physicians, Nurses and Nurse Practitioners, Allied Health Professionals and Aboriginal Health Coordinators, all of whom form partnerships in which they work together to provide health care services.

The Aboriginal Health Coordinator promotes patient access to community services that enhance continuity of care and efficient use of resources through:

Supporting patient attachment, Participating in primary care team-based care, Supporting the delivery of culturally safe and agile care, and Support the transformation of primary care. This Aboriginal Health Coordinator maintains a community resource contact list for health services. The Coordinator will develop and facilitate educational sessions for health providers about Aboriginal traditional health practices and approaches in the delivery of health care.

Given the need to participate in cultural and community ceremonies as well as community engagement activities flexible hours are required.


Supporting Patient Attachment/Access:

· Initiates and maintains working relationships with Aboriginal patients in order to enhance their ability to attach to and access primary health care services. Supports and advocates on behalf of Aboriginal patients and their families, as needed.

· Support Aboriginal people to have access to quality primary care and are attach with a PCN.

· Outreach to vulnerable and marginalized Aboriginal people.

Participating in Team-Based Care:

· Provides follow up as needed to service referral within and outside the health care team. Collaborates with Interior Health and the Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice health care staff.

· Provides patient centered navigation for Aboriginal clients and works in conjunction with an interdisciplinary team of Interior Health and Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice employees.

· Provides information regarding the provision of local health care services to patients, and families.

· Communicates with community health team members regarding patient health status and discharge plans and follow up.

· Provides follow up and support to patients.

· Support the provision of comprehensive health care services through networking with family physician offices and other health care providers including maternity, inpatient, residential, mild/moderate mental health and substance use, and preventative care;

· Where possible record into a common shared electronic medical record as part of the health team.

· Participates in acute based discharge care planning as required.

Supporting the Delivery of Culturally Safe and Agile Care:

· Provides consultation as required for health care providers, including health care physicians, regarding the provision of culturally sensitive care. Provides input into local program policies, protocols, or plans.

· Ensure care is culturally safe and appropriate.

· Support ceremony in health care in collaboration with health care team.

Supporting the Transformation of Care:

· Participates in primary health care planning by assisting in the early identification of patients needs and liaising with the appropriate community agencies.

· Coordinates meetings between Aboriginal health care providers, Interior Health care providers, Kootenay Boundary Division of Family Practice, and other private health care providers.

· Participates in the Kootenay Boundary Aboriginal Services Collaborative as requested to support the enhancement of health care services to Aboriginal people;

· Using the KB PCN Quality Improvement Framework be willing to provide basic data to the Division and PCN Steering Committee for required Ministry of Health reporting indicators.

· Participate in curriculum development and delivery pertaining to providing health care services to Aboriginal patients.

· Participate in joint orientation, professional development, and training as part of the primary care team.

· Develop communication strategies and methods within the network of providers for public aimed at creating awareness about Primary Care services, and the support available for Aboriginal people.

· Facilitate and/or participate in community cultural and wellness gatherings and events.

· Facilitate cultural health and wellness in-services regarding cultural safety and terminology to health care providers.

· Participate in health care initiative events (i.e. Primary Care learning labs and team-based care initiatives).

· Prepare reports as required for the agency and the Primary Care implementation steering committee.



Degree in health care or social work, or two years related education in a social/health related field and demonstrated social/health related experience in an Aboriginal context. Comprehensive knowledge of other health care disciplines and their role in patient/client care. Knowledge of patients/clients at risk and appropriate legislation acts; e.g. Health Care Consent Act, Mental Health Act, Adult Guardianship Act, Continuing Care Act, Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act as it relates to the rights and obligations of patient/clients and staff. Understanding of impacts (trauma informed) practice, increasing safety (harm reduction) practice, wellness and healing (strength-based) practice, traditional and cultural approaches, relationship-based practice, integrated (collaborative) practice, and experiential (discovery) practice. Knowledge of BC health care system and medical terminology would be an asset; however, not required. Knowledge of declarations and significant reviews such as United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Calls to Justice. Familiarity with health benefits and information (i.e. FNHA, Metis Nation BC, Jordan’s Principle, Cultural holistic approaches). Handles confidential information in a culturally sensitive manner. Culturally Safe and Agile Care:

Ability to provide competent and culturally safe support in a variety of settings and with diverse populations. Ability to promote Indigenous Cultural Safety and wholistic care. Demonstrates relationship-based practices rooted in cultural and traditional approaches. Ability to deliver care utilizing the framework and traditional practices such as the Medicine Wheel; can articulate those practices and traditions to other providers. Familiar with traditional teachings such as the Seven Grandfather teaching, and a commitment to always honor those teachings, in working with team members as well as member of the Indigenous communities. An ability to practice two-eyed seeing and incorporate traditions knowledge and traditional ways with western medicine, honoring everyone’s contribution to care. An ability to practice bio-psycho-social-spiritual care, support, and service. An ability to problem solve and use critical thinking skills to defuse critical issues. An ability to utilize strong interpersonal skills including an ability to deal effectively with conflict situations. An ability to work well under pressure, particularly during stressful and challenging situations.

Team Based Care:

An ability to support seamless transition in care. An ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, with patients/clients and their families, colleagues, Health Care Providers, and other health care staff, both one-on-one and in groups. An ability to utilize listening and information seeking skills that promotes communication and lead to a cooperative approach to problem solving within a multidisciplinary setting. An ability to establish workload priorities. An ability to adjust schedule to deal with unexpected situations. An ability to work independently and collaboratively as a member of a multidisciplinary team. An ability to respond to a variety of situations and responsibilities requiring initiative, creativity and professional judgment. Knowledge and skills to provide care coordination to a select caseload of patients/clients. Other Requirements:

Computer skills including the ability to use a computerized patient/client care information documentation system. Physical ability to perform the duties of the position. A valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle, and business liability insurance. Criminal records check is required. Commitment to ongoing professional development. Preference will be given to those with Aboriginal Ancestry.

Please submit a cover letter with your resume.

Contract length: 18 months

Application Deadline: 2022-03-30

Expected Start Date: 2022-04-11

Job Types: Full-time, Fixed term contract

Salary: $30.00-$31.00 per hour


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