Health Educator/Promoter – Couchiching FHT (Orillia)

Job Description – Health Educator/Promoter Position Summary – 1.0 Full Time As a key member of the Couchiching Family Health Team (CFHT), and an integral part of an interdisciplinary health care team, the major role of the Health Educator/Promoter will focus on program development, implementation, monitoring and evaluation aimed at reducing the onset of chronic diseases and reducing complications among patients who already have a chronic disease diagnosis.  The Health Promoter will collaborate with various community partners in order to build on existing resources in the community. Roles and Responsibilities
  • Provides lifestyle counselling and programming for FHT patients, through individual and group sessions, and works in collaboration with other IHP programs and services, including; COPD, Health You, Insomnia, Depression & Anxiety, CHF, Smoking Cessation and Diabetes.
  • Ensures that all programs and services foster patient self-management and set identified goals.
  • Conduct a full assessment and prepare a plan for intervention and/or for referral to other programs offered in the FHT.
  • Identify, analyze and provide the necessary treatment and/or referral for the patient’s physical and psychosocial health care problems that will include counselling and physical activities and lifestyle programs.
  • Share results with referring physicians and IHPs as required.
  • Implement various goal oriented intervention plans, including education with the patient and/or family members.
  • Work closely with physicians and the IT department to gather and analyze patient data for the purpose of developing and implementing the FHT’s core and specialized programs.
  • Develop and manage FHT programs that include wellness and physical activities and rehabilitation for patients living with chronic disease.
  • Develop brochures, flyers and posters that promote healthy living.
  • Develop information for internal TV for patients in the waiting rooms.
  • Inform patients about the benefits of physical activity and provide ideas of how they can incorporate an active lifestyle into their daily routines.
  • Develop lunch n learns for the FHT staff and physicians.
  • Offer support to existing programs such as Integrated Regional Falls program, CHF program, Osteoporosis program and a range of Mental Health programs currently running at the FHT.
  • Enter data and tracking information into the EMR.
  • Ensure all notes and patient charts are updated in a timely manner.
Skills, Knowledge Requirements
  • Excellent oral / written skills.
  • Knowledge in current, evidence based methods and practices of primary care delivery.
  • Experience with an Electronic Medical Record (EMR).
  • Be adaptable to change.
Computer Skills
  • Familiarity with a PC OS environment.
  • Willingness to learn scheduling and electronic medical record keeping using a clinical management system (Practice Solutions).
  • Minimum typing speed at 40 words per minute.
Education and Specific Job Requirements
  • Graduate of a relevant university program.
  • Strong interest and experience in program development and implementation of health promotion, disease prevention and chronic disease management, with a specific focus on exercise.
  • Current Ontario Driver’s License and access to a vehicle.
  • Minimum 2 years clinical experience directly related health promotion and disease prevention.
  • Current membership or registration in a professional organization an asset.
The Health Educator/Promoter reports to the Executive Director.  In clinical matters you will report to the Lead Physician.  The Health Educator/Promoter collaborates with all IHPs and other community health care providers to help deliver services and programs to the community. Interested candidates should forward resume to or call 705-329-3649 Extension 201.