Aboriginal Health Dietitian
Reporting to the Manager of Aboriginal Health, and working as a member of an interdisciplinary team the Aboriginal Health Dietician works with Aboriginal Communities to address their culturally specific food security and nutrition needs using a holistic approach that treats the whole person including the physical, mental, social, spiritual and emotional factors.
- Working together with internal and external partners to assess food security needs, plan, organize, and evaluate programs and services that support recommendations outlined in the VIHA Aboriginal Plan as well as Aboriginal community food and nutrition priorities
- Collaborate with internal and external partners to develop, deliver a nd evaluate culturally relevant food security and nutrition education materials and services
- Contribute to establishing joint relationships with VIHA community nutritionists, band/program dietitians, the VIHA Medical Health Officer and local community members to ensure that aboriginal people are able to address food security and nutrition needs that are culturally relevant and environmentally sustainable
- Contribute to VIHA public health evaluations using community as partner framework and using methods such as reviewing, compiling, assembling and analyzing data related to aboriginal health and food security and making best practices recommendations that support that support policy and practice as it relates to Aboriginal health and food security
- Working with Aboriginal communities, the south island Aboriginal health dietician and internal/external partners on regional initiatives and program planning that support Aboriginal communities to maintain their traditional foods, integrating mainstream and other culturally diverse foods, or relearning about traditional foods and ways of eating
Along with your Baccalaureate Degree with major credits in nutrition and dietetics from an accredited university, you have completed a Dietitians of Canada recognized dietetic internship. Registration with the College of Dietitians of British Columbia is required as well as eligibility for membership in Dietitians of Canada. You should have a minimum of 2 years recent related experience that includes experience working in food security and community development in Aboriginal communities. (An equivalent combination of education, training and experience may be considered). Travel is required.
We encourage applicants with aboriginal ancestry to apply, as the focus of this role is working with Vancouver Island's Aboriginal populations.
To learn more about Vancouver Island Health Authority and to apply online, visit our website at www.viha.ca/careers