Oral Health Research Coordinator

Deadline: Open
Location: Sioux Lookout, ONCommitment: Full Time

Under the direction of the Chief Operating Officer, SLFNHA is looking for a motivated individual to assist with a study entitled “Nishtam Niwiipitan (My First Teeth): A Multi-Pronged Approach for Improving Mother and Child Oral Health in Indigenous Communities” to be carried out in on-reserve and urban First Nations and Métis communities in Ontario and Manitoba.


  •  Background in dentistry, dental hygiene, dental therapy, dental assisting, Indigenous health, maternal and child health, public health, health promotion, nursing, midwifery, mental health, social work, or other health-related fields preferred 
  • Experience working with Indigenous communities in a manner consistent with Indigenous principles and self-determination in research
  •  Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Strong interpersonal skills and community leadership capacity
  • Excellent time management and organizational abilities
  • Basic computer skills (Word processing and data entry in Excel specifically)
  • Ability to work independently
  • Flexibility to travel for training and community research visits
  • Must have experience and understanding of Native culture, and the geographic realities and social conditions within remote First Nation communities 
  • Must be willing to relocate and/or live in Sioux Lookout



  • Participates in training and conference calls as needed
  • Assists with organizing focus groups and key informant interviews
  • Coordinates participant recruitment and enrolment in the study
  • Assists in the administering of questionnaires to study participants
  • Deliver oral health anticipatory guidance by means of motivational interviewing to study participants
  • Applies fluoride varnish on participant children’s teeth
  • Schedules appointments and facilitate links with dental staff
  • Enters data collected through questionnaires in Excel spreadsheets
  • Assists in the preparation and delivery of PowerPoint presentations to stakeholders
  • Contributes to the preparation of progress reports and/or the final report to funding agency/communities
  • Contributes to the preparation of presentations, executive reports, or other knowledge translations (KT) materials related to the study
  • Communicate with the study investigators and the Study Advisory Committee on an ongoing basis
  • Acts as the Sioux Lookout First Nations community liaison person when research team and manager COHRC visit community to conduct learning circles
  • Travel between research sites may be required in some communities