Dear Madam, Dear Sir,
I hold a Canadian Bachelor degree in Kinesiology and a Canadian Masters degree in Community Health with a specialization in Health Promotion and behavior modification.
I have been working as a Network Coordinator in Health Promotion and Prevention for the 'French Mutuality National Federation' (FNMF) for the last 2 years. My main current work tasks are coordinating a network of 140 people who work all over France on projects concerning health promotion, prevention and health education. I, for example, am in charge of the overall health promotion training program, building capacities for health promotion field work, putting in place and improving national and regional physical activity projects, building methodological and intervention followup tools.
Before working for the FNMF, I was working as Health Promotion and Health Education Manager for the French National Prevention and Health Education Institute in France (INPES), a position that provided me with the opportunity to bring methodological support to NGOs on national projects related to health education and health promotion in the areas ranging from communication, education and learning, project development, on diverse subjects such as health determinants like nutrition, physical activity, HIV amongst others. My work tasks were coordinating grant proposals and other financing requests coming from different non-profit associations, analysing and evaluate project proposals, provide support and advice to different health promotion and education actors and organise conferences and workshops. During my 3 years spent in this organisation, I also followed the WHO COMBI training.
Before working for INPES, I worked 3 years for as a Health Promotion Manager for the National Cancer Institute in France (INCA), a position that provided me with the opportunity to work in collaboration with government actors and NGOs on national and international projects in areas ranging from tobacco and alcohol consumption to the development of policies for nutrition and physical exercise. As part of my work with INCA, I have coordinated public health and community health conferences and workshops, collaborated in the development of various health promotional tools, produced health education materials, and managed health promotion initiatives associated with current health promotion policies. Part of my work focused on developed and developing countries.
I have accumulated other significant experience in the field of public health and health promotion through my involvement in various educational programs and internships, as well as in my professional career. I have used these opportunities to develop my skills and expertise in a variety of areas related to issues of public health and health promotion. I particularly enjoy working as part of a team, and have participated in several multidisciplinary research teams on issues such as health inequalities, behavioral change, emergency medicine, and safety and security in the workplace. I was also chosen for an internship at the World Health Organization Tobacco Free Initiative in Geneva (Switzerland), remunerated by the International Relations Ministry of Quebec.
I have seen first hand how health promotion and well-being policy strategies as well as capacity building can have a substantial effect on quality of life, especially for at-risk populations, and hope to continue to focus my career in this area on the field at the international level. I have worked in collaboration with international and national NGOs on several occasions, for example, as project manager in coordinating the development and the follow-up of an international awareness and capacity building WHO/FCTC workshop in Niger for NGOs coming from French Western African countries when I worked for INCA. Throughout my experiences I have developed communication skills and the ability to coordinate project assessment, and have worked with various actors in health promotion. I am seeking a new professional experience with an international perspective which is relevant to my background and which will support my career development by adding to the experience that I already have. I believe my diverse background, my organizational skills, my ability to adapt to different situations, the fact that I speak both French and English and my enthusiasm and commitment to the field make me ideally suited for what I am looking for.
If you have any questions I would be happy to provide any further information. I look forward to hearing from you.
Zékya Ulmer, M.Sc. Community Health, Kinesiologist