First Nations Health Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness at UBC | School of Population and Public
The University of British Columbia
March 23, 2018
Full Time - Experienced
College / University, Public Health, Research Facility
The Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia (UBC), in partnership with the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA), is seeking applications for appointment to the First Nations Heath Authority Chair in Cancer and Wellness at UBC. The successful candidate will be recommended for a tenure-track or tenure appointment at the rank of Associate or Full Professor in the School of Population and Public Health, dependent on the successful candidate’s qualifications and experience. This appointment is for a five (5) year term, and is subject to renewal for an additional five (5) year term, subject to satisfactory review. The Chair will hold offices at both FNHA and UBC; as both FNHA and UBC have office locations across the province, there is flexibility in the geographic location of the Chair. The Chair will also serve as a member in the Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health (CEIH) under the School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) within the Faculty of Medicine (FoM).
The FNHA operates as one component entity of a unique and unprecedented First Nations health governance structure established by and for British Columbia (BC) First Nations. Upholding the 7 Directives adopted by First Nations leadership, this governance structure supports First Nations to be involved in decision-making on health and wellness policy, strategy, programs and services that impact them. Within this governance structure, the FNHA’s mission is to support BC First Nations individuals, families and communities to achieve and enjoy the highest level of health and wellness by working with First Nations on their health and wellness journeys, honouring traditions and cultures, and championing First Nations health and wellness within the FNHA organization and with FNHA partners. The UBC Faculty of Medicine is committed to fostering excellence in education, research and service that contributes to the health of individuals and communities locally, nationally, and internationally. The School of Population and Public Health is one of UBC’s research-intensive units. SPPH emphasizes prevention, equity, and application of evidence to improve and maintain the health of the population. The UBC Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health is dedicated to advancing Indigenous people’s health through education, innovative thinking, research, and traditional practice. The Centre works to improve wellness, healthcare and patient outcomes, and to promote self-determination that includes increasing Indigenous leadership in all aspects of health and healthcare.
Accountable to a joint FNHA-UBC Advisory Committee and guided by the Vision, Values and 7 Directives of the FNHA, the successful candidate will be expected to develop evidence and research and deliver education related to cancer, disease prevention and control associated with chronic diseases among First Nations peoples, including protective strategies, addressing risk, cultural and spiritual considerations, and knowledge requirements. As part of an active knowledge exchange and partnership with First Nations communities, the incumbent will be a key ambassador within the health and wellness ecosystem, including building partnerships provincially, nationally and locally that are responsive to First Nations’ needs, promote the health and wellness of First Nations people, and advance the health and wellness goals the FNHA and the University.
The preferred candidate should have a MD and/or a PhD in a health sciences related discipline, a proven track record in obtaining peer reviewed funding and in knowledge exchange with First Nations communities, a productive publication record, and demonstrated excellence in teaching and commitment to undergraduate, graduate and post graduate trainees in the area of First Nations wellness and disease prevention and policy. Most importantly, the successful applicant should have demonstrated success in the community and demonstrate a sense of cultural safety and cultural humility in working in partnership with First Nations and Aboriginal peoples.
Review of applications will begin May 1, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. The expected start date is September 1, 2018 or a date to be mutually agreed.
Interested applicants should submit an application package consisting of: a letter of application; a detailed curriculum vitae; a 2-page personal statement describing the applicant’s interest in and vision for the role; and names of 3 references to http://www.facultycareers.ubc.ca/29256 For information contact:
Drew St. Laurent
Senior Operations Manger
Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health
School of Population and Public Health
For questions related to the connection with FNHA please contact:
Executive Director, Policy, Planning and Transformation
First Nations Health Authority
The University of British Columbia is a global centre for research and teaching, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and 3rd largest university in Canada with an economic impact of 12.5 billion to the provincial economy. Since 1915, UBC’s West Coast spirit has embraced innovation and challenged the status quo. Its entrepreneurial perspective encourages students, staff and faculty to challenge convention, lead discovery and explore new ways of learning. At UBC, bold thinking is given a place to develop into ideas that can change the world. As one of the world's leading universities, The University of British Columbia creates an exceptional learning environment that fosters global citizenship, advances a civil and sustainable society, and supports outstanding research to serve the people of British Columbia, Canada and the world.
Equity and diversity are essential to academic excellence. An open and diverse community fosters the inclusion of voices that have been underrepresented or discouraged. We encourage applications from members of groups that have been marginalized on any grounds enumerated under the B.C. Human Rights Code, including sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, racialization, disability, political belief, religion, marital or family status, age, and/or status as a First Nation, Metis, Inuit, or Indigenous person. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.
Internal Number: 29256
About The University of British Columbia
The School of Population and Public Health (SPPH) is an innovative unit within the Faculty of Medicine that encompasses many of the health-related groupings at UBC that focus on population and public health, epidemiology, and health services and policy. The School is structured around four divisions: Occupational and Environmental Health; Health Services and Policy; Epidemiology, Biostatistics and Public Health Practice; and Health in Populations. The resulting mix of professions and disciplines is seen as a means of connecting individuals and learners to galvanize the relationship between health research, public health and health services and to enhance learning.
The SPPH is one of the most research-intensive units at UBC. Grant funding and endowments are in excess of $22M in over 200 active accounts. SPPH is home to a number of Centres, including the Centre of Excellence in Cancer Prevention, Centre for Excellence in Indigenous Health, Centre for Health Services and Policy Research, Human Early Learning Partnership, Population Data BC, Centre for Applied Ethics and the WHO Collaborative Centre in Global Health.
The SPPH's academic program includes teaching in the medical u...ndergraduate curriculum, courses for UBC undergraduate students, the Residency Program in Public Health & Preventive Medicine and the following graduate programs: MHA, MHSc, MPH, MSc, MSc (OEH) and PhD. In recent years, the School developed several joint graduate programs with the Department of Statistics, School of Nursing, Faculty of Dentistry, MD/MHA Program, and is in the process of developing a joint MD/MPH Program.