Community Diabetes Support Worker
Start Date: September 2015
Duration: Two Semesters Full Time
Location: Kenora and Fort Frances
Contact: Mark Gaudet 807-468-3096
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma at or above the general level or its equivalent.
- Grade 12 English or equivalent is required.
Applicants aged 19 or over without the OSSD will be considered on the basis of their results on the College’s mature Student Test. If you are a mature student, please call Bill at 274-2796 for more details.
Graduates of the Community Diabetes Support Worker (CDSW) program demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to work as part of a community diabetes health care team. The CDSW role within the community diabetes health care team includes facilitating access to services, advocacy, health promotion, and self-management support for individuals, families and community members. The CDSW works to strengthen existing capacities and improve health and well-being of indigenous individuals, families, and communities. Graduates are prepared to carry-out the duties of a CDSW within a culturally appropriate framework under the supervision and/or direction of the community diabetes health care team.
CDSW’s are knowledgeable about, and understand that indigenous laws, protocols, languages and wholistic teachings are integral to the survival of healthy individuals, families and communities, and must be respected and promoted at all times. The CDS apples culture standards and indigenous knowledge in the performance of their duties when working with indigenous individuals, families, communities and Elders.
CDSW graduates may find employment in a variety of community practice settings, including, but not limited to: First Nation Communities, First Nations Nursing Stations/Health Clinics, Area Health Access Centres, Family Health Teams, Health Authorities, Tribal Councils, and Treaty Organizations. The CDSW participates as an active member of the community diabetes health care team under the professional supervision of the Primary Health Care Providers and/or Diabetes Educators across a variety of health disciplines. In addition, CDSW graduates obtain cultural direction from their respected traditional Elders and Healers, are accountable to Health Administrators/Directors and/or Supervisors.
Program of Study
- CMM125 College Communication I
- IPS140 Mino Bimaadiziwin – Good Life
- CDW105 Biology for CDW
- CDW110 Healthy Living, Healthy Eating for Community Diabetes Support Worker
- CDW115 Diabetes and its Impace on Indigenous People
- CDW120 Primary and Secondary Prevention in Diabetes
- CDW125 Tertiary Prevention in Diabetes
- CDW130 Indigenous and Alternative Approaches for Primary and Tertiary Preventions in Diabetes
- CDW135 Promoting Positive Health at Individual and Community Levels
- CDW140 Community Diabetes Support Field Placement/Work Placement
- GEN General Education Elective