The Health Centre is pleased to announce two new positions (one year contract) in support of the Health Equity & Ecosystem Development (H.E.E.D) project in collaboration with the London Health Sciences Centre. Please see attached postings and share within your networks.
Led by the Health Centre, H.E.E.D. aims to engage stakeholders across sectors to improve equitable access to hospital services for marginalized populations in the city. Gaps in hospital services and barriers to access will be identified by, and in collaboration with, people with lived experience. H.E.E.D. will be a conduit between Health Care services, community-based supports, and health system clients – many of whom are often at risk of exclusion from mainstream engagement strategies to participate in service planning, delivery and evaluation.
The goals of the Health Equity & Ecosystem Development project are to:
- Ensure policies and procedures are trauma and violence informed, are culturally safe and support harm reduction practices.
- Develop mandatory training on trauma and violence-informed care for health care leaders, staff, and practitioners within London Health Sciences Centre.
- Ensure pathways to care are trauma and violence informed, are culturally safe and support harm reduction practices.
- Support the London Health Sciences Centre Equity Committee to advance equity across the organization.
The Health Equity Specialist will identify gaps in hospital policy, knowledge, clinical pathways, and approaches to care. The Specialist will lead the development of strategies to increase access to policy, institutional education and clinical pathways designed to improve equity-oriented care.
The Community Engagement Worker will identify and engage individuals experiencing homelessness, people who use drugs and others experiencing barriers to hospital care. The position will support the development of strategies to increase access to policy, institutional education and clinical pathways designed to improve equity-oriented care.
The project and new positions are made possible by the Intersectoral Action Fund from the Public Health Agency of Canada for one year. Sean Warren will be supporting H.E.E.D. as the Project Lead alongside his Care Facilitator role and I will be supervising the new roles. The Health Centre appreciates the financial support as well as planning assistance received from community partners: Regional HIV/AIDs Connection, London Cares, Arthur Labatt Family School of Nursing, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry, and the Western Ontario Health Team.