Are you dental hygienist looking for an opportunity where you will make a real difference? As the Childrens Oral Health Initiative Program Specialist, you will coordinate and monitor the Children’s Oral Health Initiative (COHI) program for BC’s First Nations children and families, and work towards the maintenance and development of effective preventative programming to establish oral health in young children. The responsibilities of the position include maintaining stakeholder relationships; facilitating training for providers and delivering direct dental hygiene services as needed to selected COHI communities. This position will require frequent travel.
* Liaises with communities to assess their need for the program, and their capacity to enroll and continue in the program. Advises and explains the conditions of the agreement to enroll and continue in the program. Maintains a list of active, interested, and inactive communities.
* Liaises with communities, including health directors, teachers, parent groups, and other stakeholders to advise and make recommendations on program promotion and delivery. Liaises with health authority partners to deliver services. Initiates contract work with regional health authorities: negotiates, finalizes, maintains.
* Trains, advises, monitors, and provides feedback to oral health providers; addresses COHI provider questions and requests for information to ensure they maintain appropriate standards of practice and competencies to deliver COHI Program activities without deviation. Records and maintains data on hours worked by COHI Program team members to ensure Program accountability for appropriate community formula-based funding.
* Provides direct hands-on training to local community workers (COHI AIDES) who provide basic oral health education and fluoride varnish services. Maintains a list of all COHI team members (providers and COHI Community Aides), including members’ unique identifier number.
* Manages and recommends payment authorizations to remunerate local communities for the services of COHI Aides. Reviews annual targeted funding to communities through funding agreements.
* Identifies program supply needs and advises administration for supply purchases. Recommends equipment to be purchased for program delivery.
* Advises FNHA staff and contractors on program standards and changes.
* Generates reports for communities, for FNHA, and by provider, monitoring and analyzing outcomes. Prepares reports on regional COHI activities and outcomes.
* Assesses and plans with Community Health Directors, Dental Therapists, and FNHA staff to evaluate program expansion opportunities and program delivery options, and makes suggestions to management. Creates and updates fact sheets and other training materials and resources as needed.
* Prepares lessons and provides instruction on oral health and preventative procedures to mothers, nurses, community workers, intermediary caregivers, teachers, community groups, and children.
* Provides dental hygiene services including debridement, fluoride treatments, preventative dental sealants, screenings, referrals, and oral health instruction to individuals by maintaining and using dental equipment of a permanent and portable nature, and arranging and scheduling community visits.
* Performs other related duties as assigned.
* Graduation from a recognized Dental Hygiene program.
* Full registration with the College of Dental Hygienists of British Columbia (CDHBC).
* Minimum 3 years of clinical experience as a dental hygienist, or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience.
Working Conditions (Required):
* Frequent travelling by vehicle over rough roads, by float or small plane, by boat or helicopter
Employee Class: Permanent
Application Deadline: April 23, 2019 at 4:00 pm