Thank you for your interest in working at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. Our mission is to foster partnerships within Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods for developing, testing, and implementing strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease utilizing a community-participatory approach.
As part of the Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, we offer a stimulating, dynamic work environment that is part of one of the nation's top research universities.
The PRCHN is committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.
Graduate Research Assistantship (2 positions)
Anticipated Start Date: March 1, 2017
The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) seeks to work with communities from within to prevent and reduce chronic disease (see www.prchn.org) and is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. We are recruiting two (2) graduate research assistants to assist with the Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network (CPCRN) initiatives and other tobacco–related projects over the next year (March 2017- February 2018). Both positions have the potential for extension for up to a second year. Our research is focused on reducing the harm from tobacco, especially for individuals in low-resource urban neighborhoods. Active studies include evaluating the burden of tobacco among Federally Qualified Health Centers, assessing resources to assist smokers among FQHCs, examining the reach of the Ohio Quitline for smoking cessation, and implementation of a systems-based intervention to link clinical settings with the state quitline using an eReferral.
We are seeking graduate research assistant candidates with a strong background in:
• Public health and/or social work research
• Survey research
• Data management and analysis
We seek one individual with strong quantitative analysis skills and one with qualitative analysis skills.
• Quantitative: Analysis of administrative data and linking data sets; multi-level analyses; multivariable analyses.
• Qualitative: Conducting in-depth interviews, qualitative data collection and management, thematic analysis and generation of findings, proficiency with InVivo or Atlas.
Primary duties for the graduate research assistants include:
• Assist with literature reviews related to policy, systems, and interventions to improve access to and use of tobacco cessation resources.
• Conduct data analyses of existing data.
• Assist with the collection of new data.
• Assist with the development of data tables and graphic presentation of findings.
• Assist with the coordination of research teams;
• Assist with the development of abstracts, reports, and papers related to CPCRN;
• Attend team meetings.
The graduate research assistants will be working in a team-oriented environment and must show capacity for working independently yet collaboratively. Candidates must have strong organizational skills. Preference will be given to candidates with experience with conducting data analyses and writing methods and results for publication. Opportunities for co-authorship on manuscripts generated from this work.
Hours: 20 hours/week
Payment: $12-16 per hour depending on experience.
Application: Interested applicants should send your CV and cover letter indicating your experience and interest to Dr. Sue Flocke (email@example.com). Applicants will be reviewed on a first come, first serve basis. Ideally decisions will be made before the end of February 2017.
Community Evaluation Project Coordinator
Working under limited direction of the principal investigators, the community evaluation project coordinator is responsible for the development of evaluation plans, coordination and data collection, analysis of evaluation data, and preparation of evaluation reports for community-based public health programs in the Community Engagement, Partnerships, and Technical Assistance Core of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at CWRU. The community evaluation project coordinator will serve as project manager for a multi-component, school-based sexual health program in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The project coordinator will also develop proposals for smaller evaluation projects in collaboration with local community partners as requested.
1. Manage and oversee the progress of the school-based sexual health program and other center evaluation projects, including initiating project activities, recommending project staff and effort changes, and managing the project budget, including the purchase, maintenance, and inventory of project equipment and supplies. Develop systems to manage process and outcome measures data for various community evaluation projects of the center. (25%)
2. Identify process and outcome measures appropriate for various evaluation projects; identify appropriate measures/tools for collection process and outcome measures, and write and develop attainable scopes of work for various evaluation projects with community partners. (20%)
3. Develop all school-based sexual health program evaluation data collection tools, including survey development of on-line and paper survey administration. Plan, create and execute evaluation training sessions for community partners in the school-based sexual health program evaluation plan. Develop training materials for diverse audiences, incorporating health literacy fundamentals into each session. Create training session evaluations and best practices for all training sessions. (10%)
4. Develop programmatic logic models with community partners; provide technical assistance and expertise on program evaluation and quality improvement processes. (10%)
5. Develop a plan for the collection of evaluation data from Cleveland Metropolitan School District and partners. Provide oversight for entry of school-based sexual health program evaluation data by the surveillance and evaluation research assistant and student interns into data management systems. Conduct data analysis on school-based sexual health program and evaluation core data. Summarize results in separate, comprehensive, and a user-friendly report format that community partners can understand and implement for more effective programming. (10%)
6. Develop appropriate comprehensive reports, data briefs, or report summaries as needed and requested by center faculty and community partners for various evaluation projects. Create and complete timely and accurate progress reports to funding agencies within the evaluation core. (10%)
7. Develop a calendar of reporting deadlines, deliverables, and responsibilities for all evaluation projects and staff within the evaluation core. (5%)
8. Efficiently utilize staffing resources, including the surveillance and evaluation research assistant and PRCHN interns, to achieve all project and core deliverables on time. (5%)
9. Prepare and monitor Institutional Review Board protocol submissions, continuing reviews and addenda for all core evaluation projects. (5%)
1. Attend and participate in staff meetings of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.
2. Supervise staff and interns, as required. Ensure that all core staff have up-to-date CITI training and provide staff training on the IRB creation, submission, and review process.
3. Organize and maintain records of all research team meetings.
4. Participate in preparing and presenting evaluation core and project results at research conferences, and with writing manuscripts for publications.
5. Coordinate regular meetings with community partners (e.g. Cleveland Metropolitan School District), and provide evaluation and reporting expertise and technical assistance.
6. Attend meetings on behalf of the principal investigators
7. Support community-based efforts of the center when needed and if schedule permits.
8. Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Department: Daily contact with members of the center’s Community Engagement, Partnerships and Technical Assistance Core, particularly the surveillance and evaluation research assistant. Daily contact with faculty, staff, and collaborators of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods. Regular contact with the deputy director and center administrator to ensure study activities and study staff comply with center, department, and university procedures and requirements.
University: Contact with university faculty and staff.
External: Regular contact with the primary community partners, including the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, and project funders (e.g. health departments, foundations, community organizations). Regular contact with community affiliates of the center that may assist with the successful completion of the project.
Students: Minimal contact.
No staff supervisory responsibility. Supervise the evaluation portion of the surveillance and evaluation research assistant and center interns and students working with the evaluation core. Ensure timely and efficient coordination of all the activities of the core, which involves significant coordination with each core staff member.
Experience: 3 or more years of prior experience working with community-based organizations and populations in a research or evaluation capacity, including at least 1 year of data analytic experience; prefer at least 1 year in a position of management.
Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree in a health or social science discipline required, areas of specialization preferred include public health, epidemiology, or community health; master’s degree preferred.
1. Knowledge of SPSS, STATA, SAS, Adobe Acrobat, and Teleform programs.
2. Strong organization skills; ability to multi-task, prioritize and meet deadlines. Must demonstrate attention to detail and accuracy, time management skills, and proven ability to successfully follow-through on assigned projects.
3. Ability to manage multiple priorities of project and of the school navigators.
4. Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
5. Ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively within a team. Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter.
6. Strong interpersonal skills; ability to work and communicate with various individuals from a broad spectrum of disciplines, technical and educational backgrounds within the department, school and university, and with individuals outside the university.
7. Proficiency in Microsoft Office (ex: Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Publisher), SPSS, and with internet navigation.
There are no special health or safety hazards, environmental conditions or hazardous equipment or supplies. Will need to work collaboratively in a community and school environment. Will be required to travel to schools across Cleveland and to meetings with community partners, thus personal, reliable transportation is required. Occasionally, it will be necessary to travel to other local meetings and events in the community. Flexibility in work schedule, such as weekends, evenings, or early mornings may be required to accommodate the schedules of community partners.
Case Western Reserve University Fellowship in Primary Care Research
Center for Child Health and Policy (CCHP)
A multidisciplinary team of scientists at Case Western Reserve University is recruiting outstanding candidates to serve as Postdoctoral Fellows for the federally funded Case Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research. The Fellowship is a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship Opportunity and funded by the Health Services Research Administration (HRSA). The program will provide select candidates with two or three years of a mentored research experience with coursework tailored to each fellow. The mission of the program is to develop leaders in the field of primary care research in the US.
Priority areas include child health, quality of health and healthcare, and health equity. This work is intended to support development of leaders capable of utilizing a community health & population health frameworks.
The Leadership Committee includes nationally prominent research leaders, such as Lawrence C Kleinman MD, MPH (Department of Pediatrics) who directs the Fellowship, Kurt Stange MD PhD and Susan Flocke PhD (Department of Family Medicine and Community Health), Jill Korbin, PhD (Schubert Center for Child Studies in the College of Arts and Sciences), Claudia Coulton, PhD (Center for Urban Poverty and Community Development at the Mandel School for Applied Social Sciences) and Elaine Borawski PhD, (Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics)
Who Should Apply?
US Citizens and permanent residents with MDs, PhDs or with other clinical or nonclinical doctoral degrees who seek to become leaders in the field of Primary Care Research. We seek to recruit a diverse and synergistic cohort who will support team learning and collaboration across specialization areas. Case is an EOC employer.
Case Western Reserve University Fellowship in Primary Care Research
with Special Interest in Community-Clinical Linkages
A multidisciplinary team of scientists at Case Western Reserve University is recruiting outstanding candidates to serve as Postdoctoral Fellows for the federally funded Case Transdisciplinary Fellowship in Primary Care Research. The Fellowship is a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Fellowship Opportunity and funded by the Health Services Research Administration (HRSA). The program will provide select candidates with two or three years of a mentored research experience with coursework tailored to each fellow. The mission of the program is to develop leaders in the field of primary care research in the US. Priority areas include child health, quality of health and healthcare, and health equity. This work is intended to support development of leaders capable of utilizing a community health & population health frameworks.
Fellows will have the opportunity to work with established teams within the university. One such group is the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, a CDC-funded research center in the School of Medicine that is seeking applicants with research interests and expertise in school, community, clinical or policy interventions aimed to improve linkages between community-based organizations, public health agencies and health care providers with the goal of increasing access to preventive and chronic care services. Their definition of community-clinical linkages is closely aligned with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s fourth domain of chronic disease prevention (http://www.cdc.gov/chronicdisease/about/prevention.htm).
Examples of research strategies might include those that:
• Increase the use of effective community interventions—such as chronic disease self-management programs (CDSMP), the National Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP), and smoking cessation services—by making them widely available, ensuring that doctors refer their patients to them, and helping to ensure that they are covered by health insurance.
• Link existing public health services, such as tobacco quitlines, to health care systems.
• Establish partnerships with hospitals and health care providers to improve community and population health through use of community benefit investments and advocacy.
• Encourage a broader spectrum of health care workers—including pharmacists, community health workers, coaches and community navigators —to help people manage their own health.
Applicants should have an earned doctorate in medicine, epidemiology, behavioral or clinical sciences with training and experience in community-based research, and the beginning of a track record of scholarly research established, including peer- reviewed publications and national presentations. Having conducted independent research or working on a federally funded intervention research study during doctoral studies is highly preferred.
The CWRU Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (www.prchn.org), funded in 2009, is one of 26 PRCs funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The mission of the PRCHN is to foster partnerships within Cleveland’s urban neighborhoods for developing, implementing, and testing strategies to prevent and reduce the burden of chronic disease – by addressing not only environmental and lifestyle issues, but also the conditions, inequities and resources of the community that are linked to chronic diseases. The PRCHN has four core faculty members, over 25 affiliated faculty, a research staff of 40 and a highly engaged and active Network of Community Advisors. Current research funding by PRCHN core faculty is about $4 million per year.
The university and Greater Cleveland offer a rich and supportive environment for community-clinical linkage research. Well established partnerships exist with both the city and county health departments, Fairhill Partners (local training provider for CDSMP and DSMP), YMCA of Greater Cleveland (provider for DPP), and the network of over 30 federally qualified health centers (FQHCs). PRCHN faculty also partner with faculty associated with Better Health Partnership (http://www.betterhealthpartnership.org/) on a number of community-clinical linkages projects (i.e., CDSMP/DSMP referrals, Produce-Prescription Program), funded through a collaborative Racial and Ethnic Approaches to Community Health (REACH) grant.
Many of these partnerships serve the foundation for two large community initiatives, of which numerous EPBI/PRCHN faculty (and others across the School of Medicine) are engaged. These are the Health Improvement Partnership-Cuyahoga (www.hipcuyahoga.org) and Healthy Cleveland (www.clevelandcitycouncil.org/healthy- cleveland.aspx). Both health improvement plans include community-clinical linkages as on their priority areas for intervention, providing great research potential particularly with regard to environmental and policy change.
Case Western Reserve University and its associated hospitals (University Hospitals/Rainbow Babies, MetroHealth Medical Center, Cleveland Clinic, and VA Medical Center) also provide a rich environment for clinical and population health research with significant support and resource available through the Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC, http://casemed.case.edu/ctsc/), funded by the NIH.
In employment, as in education, Case Western Reserve University is committed to Equal Opportunity and Diversity. Women, veterans, members of underrepresented minority groups, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Case Western Reserve University provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities. Applicants requiring a reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process should contact the Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity at 216-368-8877 to request a reasonable accommodation. Determinations as to granting reasonable accommodations for any applicant will be made on a case-by-case basis.
TO APPLY, send the following to Dr. Lawrence Kleinman (firstname.lastname@example.org
(1) cover letter;
(2) updated CV;
(3) one page summary of your research experience, training and research goals for the two year fellowship; and,
(4) names and contact information for three references.
For more information about the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, contact Dr. Elaine Borawski at email@example.com