If you are highly motivated, passionate about health data and have a desire to improve the health and wellbeing of people in Canada, especially those communities and populations who are underserved, you will want to join the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (the Partnership). The Partnership stewards the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control (CSCC), driving measurable change for all people in Canada affected by cancer. Its mission supports a future where fewer people get cancer, more people survive cancer and those living with the disease have a better quality of life. Our vision is to achieve equitable access to high-quality care for all Canadians, which requires Partnership staff to be well equipped to support our partners in reaching this goal.
The Partnership is looking for a Health Equity Analyst, a key member of the Analytics team, to take a lead role in the planning, analysis and reporting of data to inform system quality improvement initiatives and monitor the Partnership’s organizational performance, ensuring that the content reflects cultural competence and addresses the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis and underserved populations across Canada. This work would include exploring novel data linkages to understand disparities, development of new equity-focused indicators and supporting internal and external partners to build capacity for equity measurement.
This position is part of the Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation Division headed by the Vice President. This Division is responsible for enabling and contributing to the delivery of the Strategic Priorities in the Partnership’s mandate, with a focus on the Partnership’s Programs and the development of effective and strategically salient initiatives through effective working relationships with leaders in policy, clinical, scientific, administrative and other domains. To deliver on this mandate, the Division encompasses three functional units: Regional Integration, Research and Innovation, and Performance. The Division works in close collaboration with the other divisions to develop, deliver and report ongoing progress on progress towards the goals of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.
The Partnership values an agile, inclusive culture that prioritizes diversity of thought and experience by inviting constructive and challenging opinions. The Partnership also places a premium on ensuring it reflects the demographic diversity of Canadians, at all levels of the organization.
The Partnership’s Cancer Systems, Performance and Innovation Division drives improvements in Canada’s cancer system through data, research, economic modelling and innovations such as digital healthcare. This division monitors emerging health technologies and leverages data systems to determine gaps and opportunities for improvements in cancer care and informs internal partners on innovative approaches, international best practices and compelling evidence to support key partnership decision-making. The division enhances regional integration, with leads located across the country with the mandate of increasing responsiveness to local cancer care needs and opportunities. This division also leads data collection, analysis and reporting to Canadians on the performance of the cancer system and the progress of the Partnership and its partners in delivering on the eight priorities of the 2019-2029 Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control.
Overview of role
The Health Equity Analyst plays a key role within the team responsible for measurement and analysis and will be focused on reducing cancer-related inequities in access, experience and outcomes for people living in Canada. The Analyst will take a lead role in the planning, analysis and reporting of data to inform system quality improvement initiatives and monitor the Partnership’s organizational performance, ensuring that the content reflects cultural competence and addresses the needs of First Nations, Inuit and Métis and underserved populations across Canada. This work would include exploring novel data linkages to understand disparities, development of new equity-focused indicators and supporting internal and external partners to build capacity for equity measurement.
Core responsibilities & activities
Program specific accountabilities
- Provides content and methodological expertise related to equity-focused analyses (e.g., priority populations based on socio-demographics status, race, location, Indigenous identity)
- Collaborates, supports and advises internal program areas and external partners on how to integrate an equity focus in their approaches to measurement, monitoring and evaluation
- Provides advice on measurement needs of the program areas and raises relevant questions to stimulate thinking on the appropriate approaches to measurement and rationale for measurement
- Works effectively with internal program areas to provide analytical expertise to plan, conduct, analyze and interpret results to develop actionable strategic recommendations
- Uses quantitative methods to conduct equity-focused analyses using large, linked population health data available at the Toronto Research Data Centre (RDC) including but not limited to population health surveys (e.g., Canadian Community Health Survey, census), population data (e.g., census data), cancer registry data and administrative databases (e.g., Discharge Abstract Database)
- Works with data custodians (e.g., Statistics Canada, Canadian Institute for Health Information, provincial/territorial cancer agencies, First Nations, Inuit & Métis partners) to procure data and ensure high data quality
- Supports the creation of an Equity Measurement Forum, working with community groups and expert panels including meeting planning and scheduling, content preparation, facilitation of discussion, presentation of material, documentation of action items, and recording of minutes
- Collaborates with internal and external partners, builds trust and maintains excellent communication through written, virtual and in-person interactions
- Conducts literature reviews, environmental scans, fact-checking and other information-gathering activities as needed to validate and interpret findings
- Identifies and advises on data limitations
- Generates relevant and meaningful data visualizations to mobilize results to diverse audiences
- Co-develops performance measurement indicators and data collection templates
- Collaborates with colleagues in the Performance Team to maximize our collective ability to measure and report on progress against the Canadian Strategy for Cancer Control, with a strong focus on advancing the equity focus in priorities
- Collaborates with colleagues in the First Nations, Inuit & Métis team to incorporate Peoples-specific, self-determined priorities in the work
- Builds and maintains relationships with internal colleagues as well as external partners
- Continuously scans the partner landscape to understand needs, explain results and brainstorm solutions
- Keeps abreast of trends and best practices within healthcare and cancer control
- Assists the department, division, program/projects across the organization as needed
- Performs other duties and ad hoc projects as required
The Partnership’s core competencies are a key element to reviewing performance. While the duties and responsibilities of a position tell you the “what,” the competencies tell you the “how.” We have developed five universal competencies which we expect to be exhibited by all employees regardless of level or position, as well as five leadership competencies which we expect to be exhibited by staff in people management positions.
- Inclusive – values diversity and applies an equity lens; consciously thinks about who needs to be included
- Agile – is constantly adapting to partners, priorities and outcomes; is committed to continuous learning and improvement; promotes new ways of doing things
- Collaborative – partners and builds strong relationships; works effectively with team members, focusing on delivering individual contributions to meet collective outcomes
- Outcomes-focused – focuses on the ultimate impact, priorities work with a focus on underserved groups
- Systems-thinking – connects the dots between their work and the broader system, has political acuity
Experience & qualifications
- University Master’s degree in Epidemiology, Biostatistics, Health Policy & Equity, Public Health or other relevant discipline, or an acceptable combination of education and experience
- A minimum of 3 years of proven experience working with Canadian health data, conducting analyses and providing an interpretation of results. Experience with cancer data preferred
- Experience working in the health equity space, leading equity-focused analyses and the
interpretation of data
- Experience working with linked data and ‘big data’ sets
- Intermediate (required) / advanced (preferred) proficiency in SAS and Excel
- Experience translating complex technical content (verbal and written) and presenting to a variety of audience (technical, scientific, policy, lay audiences)
- Proficient in Microsoft 365 (Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, SharePoint, Teams, OneDrive)
- Experience working with First Nations, Inuit and/or Métis data and training/experience in Indigenous data governance principles is an asset
- Experience working with a broad range of health care databases at organizational, provincial and national levels is an asset
- Bilingual in both English and French is an asset
To apply, please forward your CV and cover letter combined in one file in Word or PDF format to:
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer thanks all applicants; however, only those selected for an interview will be contacted. If contacted for an interview, please inform us should accommodation be required.
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer has a diverse workforce and is an equal opportunity employer.
Manager, Analytics and Data Integration, Biostatistician
Hybrid/Remote. The Partnership’s head office is in downtown Toronto. Candidates can work anywhere in Canada with the expectation to travel to the head office on occasion.
Level 5 salary range: $68,003- $92,003; Compensation offered will be based on an assessment of the candidate’s knowledge, skills, competencies and experience, while ensuring internal equity.
July 27, 2022