Population and Public Health Practice Lead

As an organization of 100 physician members working with a marginalized population across 52 sites, ICHA recognizes the need for delivering the highest quality of care grounded in the best available population health data, organizational collaborations, program planning and program designs. Delivering this requires data collection, analysis, and high-level coordination across ICHA sites, the primary care sector, emergency departments, inpatient hospital services and City and community agencies and services. The specific activities and projects carried out by the Population and Public Health Practice Lead may vary, but fall generally into the following categories:

Population Health:

  • Liaison and Networking: Representing ICHA in population health meetings and networks pertaining to people experiencing homelessness to better develop broad-based initiatives to serve their needs.
  • Data-Driven Practice: Working with available public and private organizations and ICHA partners to identify service needs, gaps, and opportunities for organizational, service and program improvement.

Population health partners may include the following:

  • Canadian Institute for Health Information
  • Institute for Clinical Evaluative Sciences
  • Hospitals with which ICHA sites have relationships (ED, Inpatient and Outpatient Units)
  • Community-based primary care organizations (CHCs, FHTs, etc)
  • Toronto Paramedic Services
  • Toronto Community Housing Corporation
  • Toronto Public Health


  • Develop and, with the Medical Director, manage a Population Health Strategy for people experiencing homelessness in Toronto.
  • Support the Medical Director and Director of Operations in developing and building sustainable and effective partnerships with the hospital, primary care, housing, and community sector organizations to implement and monitor the effectiveness of ICHA’s clinical programs and services.

Public Health Practice:

  • At ICHA, Public Health is understood to include health promotion, disease prevention, health status assessment, disease surveillance, health protection and emergency preparedness and response.
  • Public Health Promotion and Disease Prevention: Development of materials and/or programming to support health promotion and disease prevention activities relevant to care for people experiencing homelessness in a predominantly transitional setting.
  • Health Status Assessments: In partnership with the ICHA Research, Evidence and Quality Improvement Lead, collect and analyze data relevant to understanding the epidemiology of conditions facing ICHA clients, conduct needs assessments and evaluations of current ICHA work.
  • Disease Surveillance: In collaboration with Toronto Public Health, keep appraised of the surveillance of conditions of public health importance facing ICHA clients and sites; support the Medical Director in ensuring physicians remain informed of important public health conditions affecting their practices.
  • Health Protection: In collaboration with Toronto Public Health, ensure ICHA communicates and collaborates closely and effectively with respect to the management of communicable and other conditions of public health importance.
  • Emergency Preparedness and Response: Support the Medical Director in ICHA’s leadership and involvement in Emergency Reception Centre planning and implementation in the City of Toronto.
  • Site-specific or case-specific consultation: On issues pertaining to public health eg. infection control, vaccination, health promotion etc. Activities may require the support of the ICHA epidemiologist depending in the scale and clinical significance of the case(s) in question.

Executive Role:

  • The Population and Public Health Practice Lead is a member of the Operations Committee and will provide input, as needed, to the Medical Director and Director of Operations with respect to policy development and strategic directions.
  • The Population and Public Health Practice Lead will be a resource to the other ICHA Leads, the Community Outreach and Clinical Services Coordinator and other ICHA members. The Lead will report to the Medical Director and will support the Medical Director in her/his reporting to the Board.
  • It is expected that the ICHA Population and Public Health Lead will devote 8 hours per week to the role.
  • Clinical work at an existing ICHA site, remunerated through ICHA’s Alternate Payment Plan, or at another site in Toronto (including population medicine practice) that is related to the care of people experiencing homelessness, is a condition of holding the Population and Public Health Lead position.
  • Strong preference will be made for candidates with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Ontario specialty certification in Public Health and Preventive Medicine; alternatively, those meeting all of the following requirements will be considered: specialization in another relevant clinical specialty, a Master’s of Public Health and extensive population medicine and public health practice experience.

Interested applicants are invited to submit their cover letter and resume in confidence via e-mail to Shivanee Nadarajah, Director of Operations: nadarajahshi@smh.ca.
Closing date: May 24th, 2019