Health Advocate (Part Time 20 Hours/Week)

Canadian Mental Health Association-Central Alberta Region

Health Advocate (Part Time 20 Hours/Week)

Competition Number
BUFFALO-Health Advocate
Canadian Mental Health Association-Central Alberta Region
Description of Position / skills Required

The Buffalo Apartments is a unique, dynamic, fast paced, complex, intense, fun, and exceptionally rewarding work environment.  Working from a trauma-informed perspective, the Health Advocate will provide holistic & non-judgmental health promotion, advocacy, and support to formerly homeless individuals with complex physical and mental health needs in a 24/7 supported housing model.  The Health Advocate will work as part of a supportive housing team to increase the overall level of health and well-being of tenants, and take a lead role in educating and informing staff and tenants about health related matters.  As part of a dedicated staff team, the Health Advocate will embrace the philosophy and practices of Housing First, harm reduction, recovery, and strength-based approaches. 

The scope of work and responsibilities include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Assist and actively support tenants with basic and complex health needs, including but not limited to: health & medication education, health promotion activities, wellness visits, monitor and assist in the management of chronic health conditions
  • Provide system navigation and advocacy by accompanying tenants to planned and emergency medical appointments
  • Liaise with other health professionals
  • Assist clients with grocery choices and food planning
  • Provide a monthly cooking/nutrition class
  • Regular documentation
  • Other duties and committee work as assigned

CMHA offers a competitive salary and opportunities for advancement. 

Hours of work are flexible & negotiable within the needs of the program and tenants.


Certifications / Qualifications / Education

Desired qualifications and skills include:

  • A minimum of a diploma in a related health profession
  • A minimum of 3-4 years of direct experience working with individuals with complex needs
  • Valid First Aid Level C CPR & AED certificate
  • A robust understanding of issues related to brain injury, addictions, mental health, and homelessness
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills
  • Comfortable and competent in working collaboratively within a large dynamic team
  • Firm, fair & flexible
  • Demonstrable skill and experience in being an assertive advocate and voice for marginalized populations
  • Physically fit, able to climb stairs and lift up to 50 lbs




Job Location
Red Deer, AB
Nature of Work
Part Time
Health Care
How to Apply

If you are passionate about working with vulnerable people in a creative and dynamic environment submit your resume to: Please quote the job code BUFFALO-Health Advocate in the subject line of your email and cover letter.

Closing Date: Until a suitable candidate is found.

*** Only those candidates selected for an interview will be contacted. No phone calls please. ***