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.
Evaluation and Surveillance Coordinator
Working under limited direction of the principal investigator and project director, the evaluation and surveillance coordinator is responsible for the development and coordination of school-based evaluation and surveillance activities for the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program. This will include planning for data collection; data preparation, entry and analysis; and preparation of surveillance and evaluation reports for TPP project partners of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods at CWRU. The evaluation and surveillance coordinator will be an integral member of the Surveillance and Evaluation team working with school districts in Cuyahoga County.
Provide oversight for entry of evaluation and surveillance data by the graduate student research assistant and student interns into data management systems. Contribute to quantitative and qualitative analysis of evaluation and surveillance data for the project. (25%)
Create separate, comprehensive, and user-friendly reports summarizing results that community partners can understand and implement for more effective programming. Participate in the development of dissemination products and activities, including reports, data briefs, result summaries, and presentations for both evaluation and surveillance data as need by center faculty, project staff, and community partners. Create and complete timely and accurate progress reports to the funding agency. (20%)
Serve as Youth Risk Behavior Survey (YRBS) Field Coordinator in assigned schools, coordinating and leading in survey administration scheduling, sample identification and administration. (15%)
Develop a plan for the collection of evaluation data from implementing partners in Cuyahoga County schools and community sites. Initiate project activities, recommend project staff and effort changes, and managing the purchase, maintenance, and inventory of project supplies. Ensure the collection of process and outcome evaluation data. Revise current school-based surveillance and program evaluation data collection tools as needed with the evaluation and surveillance team. (10%)
Plan, create and execute evaluation training sessions for community partners. Develop training materials for diverse audiences, incorporating health literacy fundamentals into each session. Create training session evaluations and best practices for all training sessions. (5%)
Efficiently utilize staffing resources, including the graduate student research assistant and PRCHN interns, to achieve all project deliverables on time. Facilitate the recruiting, training and scheduling of student and community survey administrators, as appropriate. (5%)
Prepare and monitor Institutional Review Board protocol submissions, continuing reviews and addenda for the project. (5%)
Supervise student research assistants and interns, as required. Ensure that all project staff have up-to-date CITI training and provide staff training on the IRB creation, submission, and review process. (5%)
Attend and participate in monthly staff meetings of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods, Bi-weekly school-based surveillance and evaluation team meetings, and quarterly YRBS Advisory Committee meetings.
Attend meetings on behalf of the principal investigator and project director.
Support community-based efforts of the center when needed and if schedule permits.
Perform miscellaneous job-related duties as assigned.
Department: Daily contact with members of the center’s Surveillance and Evaluation Team. Daily contact with project director. Regular contact with the principal investigator and deputy director.
University: Contact with university faculty and staff.
External: Regular contact with the primary community partners, including the Cuyahoga County Board of Health, programmatic implementing partners, and the project funder.
Students: Regular contact with undergraduate and graduate student research assistants.
No staff supervisory responsibility. Supervise the graduate student research assistant and center interns working with the project. Ensure timely and efficient coordination of all the activities of the project, 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. Demonstrated experience with quantitative data management and analysis (required). Experience with qualitative data management and analysis (preferred).
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.
Highly proficient in quantitative data analysis software (e.g., SPSS).
Proficiency in Microsoft Office (ex: Word, Excel, Power Point, Access, Publisher).
Knowledge and understanding of qualitative data analysis software (e.g., NVivo).
Knowledge and understanding of survey software (e.g., Qualtrics, Teleform).
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.
Professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
Ability to manage multiple priorities of project and community partners.
Ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively within a team. Must be highly motivated, responsible, dependable and a self-starter.
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.
SPSS, and with internet navigation.
Ability to meet consistent attendance.
Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
Please visit the Case Western Reserve University Human Resources page job #7217.
Supervisor Name and Title: Stephanie Pike Moore, MPH, Research Associate
The Research Assistant is a member of the PRCHN community nutrition and healthy food access research team. Working under limited supervision, the research assistant will community-engaged research focused on nutrition equity and food security. The research assistant is expected to participate as an active member of the Ohio Nutrition Incentive Project team (OHNIP). OHNIP evaluates the statewide expansion of the Produce Perks program in both retail and direct-to-consumer (e.g., farmers’ market) settings.
Key responsibilities for this position include assisting in the development of a research protocol for recruiting 400 individuals receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to participate in a cross-sectional survey regarding their use of nutrition incentive programs at retail and direct-to-consumer sites as well as supporting the training of survey staff and administration of the survey. The research assistant will also collaborate in data collection activities for retail case studies wherein key stakeholder interviews and focus groups will be held with retail staff as well as community members and community workers to identify key elements of healthy food incentive programming in the retail setting. The research assistant will also provide data management support and execute monthly reporting protocols to track and evaluate nutrition incentive use at individual program sites as well as assist in the dissemination of research findings through presentations, publications, and data reports.
1. Develop cross-sectional survey protocol, training of survey staff, administration of survey at study sites, and data management for survey data. Evaluate adequacy of techniques; study and test new procedures and analyze data. Supervise field-based data collection team. (45%)
2. Coordinate and carry out complex research assignments adapting to realities of data collection within community settings. Collaborate with project partners to plan, organize and conducts stakeholder interviews and focus groups for retail case studies, and analyze qualitative results of surveys. (30%)
3. Coordinate data collection activities in multiple locations across Ohio. Assess data quality, analyze and report on monthly incentive data from retail point-of-sales and farmers’ market sales data systems. (15%)
4. Conduct literature reviews, compose articles, and develop infographic style reports for the dissemination research findings. Co-author papers, presentations, and reports resulting from. May monitor study budget. (10%)
1. Engage in staff activities of the PRCHN and the Dept. of Population and Quantitative Health Sciences. (<1%)
2. Perform other duties as assigned. (<1%)
Department: Continuous contact with research staff including faculty investigator, research associate, graduate research assistants, survey staff, and other staff of the PRCHN to implement project goals.
University: Occasional contact with university staff related to contracts, procurement, professional development, and technology supports to maintain project infrastructure
External: Continuous contact with staff from Produce Perks Midwest, Wholesome Wave, and members of the Ohio Nutrition Incentive Network, and program operating sites (both retail and direct-to-consumer) to provide information and solicit feedback
Students: Frequent contact with students working as research assistants.
This position has no direct supervision of staff employees.
Education and Experience: Bachelor's degree and 3 to 5 years of related experience
1. Experience in public health and/or community nutrition.
2. Experience in program evaluation.
3. Experience collecting data from using qualitative and quantitative research methods
4. Excellent written and oral communication skills with capacity to communicate complex ideas to diverse audiences
5. Excellent attention to detail
6. Ability to work collaboratively in cross-function teams comprised of individuals from various academic departments and community sectors
7. Ability to be motivated, self-directed, and independent
8. Ability to meet consistent attendance. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
The research associate is required to work onsite at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. Work is computer-based in an office setting. Some travel (20%) is required to conduct focus groups and cross-sectional surveys across the state of Ohio and to attend relevant professional meetings in Ohio and across the United States.
Supervisor Name and Title: Elaine A. Borawski, PhD, Director of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods
The Cleveland Clinical and Translational Science Collaborative (CTSC) is a collaborative among Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) and its affiliated hospital systems, the Cleveland Clinic (CC), MetroHealth (MH), University Hospitals (UH), and the Louis Stokes Veterans Administration Medical Center (VA). The CTSC serves as an institutional resource to promote high quality clinical and translational research locally, regionally and nationally that moves translational research from bench to bedside and to the community.
The Team Science Coordinator will coordinate, and often facilitate, the team science-related activities offered across the participating institutions as part of the overarching Community and Collaboration (C&C) component of the CTSC. The C&C is led by Dr. Elaine Borawski. The C&C team, including this position, is housed within the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods.
An important aim of the C&C component is the development of resources, training opportunities and consultation services that will facilitate the development and support of interdisciplinary research teams within and across the participating institutions. This involves team science curriculum development and facilitation, training on and support of stakeholder engagement in research teams and the institutionalization of team science through the promotion and tenure process and other tracking mechanisms. The Team Science Coordinator will be responsible for the team science activities; carried out as part of the larger C&C plan and team. The Team Science Coordinator will coordinate the implementation of C&C core Team Science plans according to timelines and metrics.
1. Coordinate (and often facilitate) multiple small group training seminars and team building workshops for faculty and research staff to be offered annually to all participating institutions. Work with faculty to develop and formalize the curriculum including new modules and new materials. Choose specific modules to offer to departments and teams across the participating institutions. (30%)
2. With input from C&C Director, C&C Project Manager and participating C&C faculty, develop and present a comprehensive, written plan with 1, 3 and 5 year timelines and deliverables for all team science activities to be conducted by the C&C. Plan should include protocol for review and revision. (20%)
3. Develop relationships with key CTSA personnel at each participating institution responsible for professional development, training and education and/or research team resources. (10%)
4. Plan and implement the annual Team Science Leadership meeting, which will include an external team science expert consultant, all CTSA faculty leads and other leaders within the institutions. (10%)
5. Work with C&C faculty to set up a consultation team to support interdisciplinary teams on a case by case basis. (10%)
6. Work with CTSA Admin hub to link and regularly update team science activities/resources/services on CTSA website and online concierge portal. Work with the evaluation team to develop appropriate metrics for tracking team science activities and to ensure that proper tracking is conducted throughout the year. (10%)
7. Work with the CTSA Admin hub to develop a series of stories of successful team collaborations from across the institutions to be highlighted on the CTSC website and social media. Provide support to the overall C&C team comprised of Project Director and two half-time staff, and student interns, who together are responsible for carrying out the C&C action plans, timelines and metrics. Participate in national CTSA working group on team science, all C&C staff meetings activities, as well as PRCHN staff meetings. (10%)
Perform other duties as assigned.
Department/School of Medicine: Regular contact with C&C faculty and staff and with CTSC leadership, administrative staff and faculty that lead other components of the CTSC.
University: Regular contact with University faculty and staff in all departments connected through the CTSC.
External: Regular contact with health systems and clinical partners engaged with the Team Science components of the program.
Students: Continuous contact with graduate students, student workers, and student interns
Potentially student interns
Experience: Minimum of 5 years of progressively responsible project management experience and a minimum of two years of group facilitation experience. Teaching or T/A experience will be considered. Demonstrated experience/knowledge in Team Science; must be able to articulate evidence of the importance of TS. Must have demonstrated experience in: research, successful project coordination, team-based problem solving, critical thinking.
Education/Licensing: Master’s degree required. PhD preferred
1. In depth knowledge and experience of research processes and procedures.
2. Credentials, relationship and confidence to be able to teach university faculty/staff.
3. Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.
4. Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
5. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment.
6. Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
7. 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.
8. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
9. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
10. Ability to maintain confidentiality regarding personnel.
11. Ability to meet consistent attendance.
12. Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.
Must be able to have able to attend and conduct meetings with institutional partners throughout the city. Some evenings and weekends might be required.
Graduate Research Assistantship Opportunity
The Case Western Reserve University Prevention Center for Healthy Neighborhoods recently received funding from the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and is conducting the Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (foodNEST 2.0). The goal of this project is to develop computational models that reflect interdependencies among different actors and interventions influencing local food system dynamics in low-resource neighborhoods. The graduate assistant will be working with the foodNEST 2.0 research team to:
1. Assist and coordinate survey data collection and recruitment of participants.
2. Assist research team with food retail audits and data collection.
3. Assist with qualitative data collection and analysis.
The ideal candidate must be a student at Case Western Reserve University and will have excellent communication and oral skills, experience managing and analyzing data sets, a flexible schedule, will be detail oriented, and will have experience using Excel. Preference will be given to candidates who possess advance experience in statistical analysis, qualitative analysis, and data management using systems such as SAS, SPSS, or R.
The graduate research assistant must show capacity for working independently as well as collaboratively. The graduate research assistant will be supervised by the Project Manager at Case Western Reserve University. Responsibilities are as follows:
1. Coordinate survey data collection and recruitment of participants
a. Become trained in human subjects’ research.
b. Organize and implement Cleveland recruitment and retention
c. Coordinate Cleveland consent and re-consenting procedures
d. Coordinate survey scheduling for Cleveland participants
e. Follow all study procedures according to protocols.
f. Track and report on study recruitment efforts
2. Complete screening forms and conduct informed consent with potential participants.
a. Assist research team with food retail audits
b. Conduct in field food retail audits
3. Assist with qualitative data collection and analysis
a. Support sampling, recruitment, and scheduling
Hours and Payment
The graduate research assistant will work 20 hrs./week. Hourly wages are $15-$18/hour depending on experience. Work related travel will be reimbursed.
Interested Case Western Reserve University students should complete a PRCHN internship application. Indicate that you are applying for the “foodNEST 2.0 Graduate Research Assistantship.” Attach a CV/resume and cover letter indicating your research experience and interest in the foodNEST 2.0 Graduate Research Assistantship. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Please direct questions to Dominique Rose at email@example.com.
Graduate Student Research Assistant
The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods is conducting an evaluation of the Cuyahoga County Board of Health’s Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) project funded by the Office of Adolescent Health. The project involves the implementation of evidence-based comprehensive sexual health curricula in schools and the community. The project is seeking a graduate student research assistant to assist with qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis and the development of evaluation reports for project partners and funders. The preferred candidate will have a strong background in applied public health research, community engaged research, and research with adolescents.
Primary responsibilities of the graduate student research assistant:
- Assist the project director and project coordinator with data collection, entry, and analysis of survey, fidelity checklist, and focus group data.
- Assist with the development of reports and presentations related to the evaluation research.
The graduate student research assistant will possess the following skills:
- Knowledge of evaluation research methodology.
- Experience with statistical analysis of large data sets.
- Experience with qualitative methodologies.
- Ability to communicate findings effectively.
- Capacity to work in an interdisciplinary team as well as independently.
- Strong organizational skills.
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite (e.g., Word, Excel, Power Point) and SPSS.
- Familiarity with Qualtrics Survey Software.
Hours: 20 hours/week
Payment: $15-17 per hour commensurate with experience
Please direct questions to Dr. Sarah Koopman Gonzalez at firstname.lastname@example.org.