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ORGANIZATION: The J Healthcare Initiative

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About Us:
The J Healthcare Initiative is a registered Canadian organization with a mission to empower drug users' healthcare choices and improve access to substance use healthcare which includes legal access to prescription medications. We advocate for evidence-based policies, harm reduction strategies, and compassionate approaches to substance use.

Position Overview:
We are seeking a dedicated volunteer Policy Analyst to support our mission of improving drug policies and healthcare access for substance users. This role will contribute to our advocacy efforts, research initiatives, and policy recommendations to the Canadian parliament.

Responsibilities:
* Analyze current and proposed drug policies at local, provincial, and federal levels
* Research evidence-based harm reduction strategies and their implementation
* Prepare policy briefs, reports, and presentations on substance use healthcare issues
* Assist in developing recommendations for policy reforms
* Collaborate with team members on advocacy campaigns and initiatives
* Monitor policy trends and developments in substance use healthcare
* Support the organization's engagement with stakeholders and policymakers

Qualifications:
* Background in public health, social sciences, political science, or related fields
* Strong research and analytical skills
* Excellent writing and communication abilities
* Knowledge of Canadian healthcare systems and drug policies
* Understanding of harm reduction principles and substance use issues
* Ability to work independently and as part of a team
* Commitment to human rights and evidence-based approaches to healthcare

Time Commitment:
Flexible, approximately 3-7 hours per week

Benefits:
* Gain experience in health policy analysis and advocacy
* Contribute to meaningful change in substance use healthcare
* Develop professional networks in public health and policy sectors
* Opportunity to attend relevant conferences and workshops

To Apply:
Please send your resume, a brief cover letter explaining your interest in the position, and a writing sample (policy brief or similar) to volunteer@j-initiative.org

The J Healthcare Initiative is committed to diversity and inclusion. We encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including those with lived/living experience of criminalized substance use.

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About The J Healthcare Initiative

Location:

312 Main St, Vancouver, British Columbia V6A 2T2, CA

Mission Statement

We are a registered Canadian non-profit organization dedicated to transforming substance use healthcare through peer-driven strategic advocacy and innovation. Our mission is to ensure that everyone, regardless of their drug use, has access to options of safe, effective, and dignified healthcare. We value harm-reduction, meaningful engagement with knowledge Keepers, the decolonization of substance use healthcare and decolonizing the current drug policies.

Description

The J Healthcare Initiative has emerged as a powerful force in reforming substance use healthcare, balancing global advocacy with local action. We've successfully pushed for harm reduction in international drug policy, while also providing practical support through free smokable and injectable harm reduction supplies to youths who use drugs. Our partnerships with a few Canadian universities, offering paid internship and practicum placement for undergraduate and graduate student enable us to create the next generation of healthcare providers who understand the context of our toxic drug crisis. From presenting at international conferences to co-signing progressive drug policy manifestos, we're driving meaningful change in how society approaches substance use, keeping the well-being of individuals at the forefront of our mission.

CAUSE AREAS

Advocacy & Human Rights
Health & Medicine
Justice & Legal
Advocacy & Human Rights, Health & Medicine, Justice & Legal

WHEN

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WHERE

This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.

SKILLS

  • Grant Writing / Research

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REQUIREMENTS

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  • 5-7 hours

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