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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. 
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The Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods is conducting a 40-month research project entitled, Modeling the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study (mfoodNEST). The study is funded by the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) with equal support from other foundations and donors. This Cleveland-based study, which will be connected to a national research network support by FFAR, has the goal to develop credible and relevant computational tools to offer a systems lens within an equity framework to guide future sustainable food systems change to promote food security, nutrition, and economic development. The study will employ participatory system dynamic modeling methods to develop the computational tools, which will be underpinned by an integrative data platform to guide simulation models. The study is conducted in partnership with the CWRU Institute for Computational Biology, The Ohio State University John Glenn School of Public Affairs, and Albert Einstein College of Medicine as well as with community stakeholders participating as experts on the Core Modeling Team for the study. The Program Manager will responsible for coordinating all study-related procedures once they have been finalized by the Principal Investigator and the investigative team.
 
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
  • Manage major activities of the research project. Apply project management principles to organize tasks, coordinate data collection efforts, schedule and monitor project resources (financial, equipment, and staff), and ensure project deadlines and goals are met effectively and efficiently. Provide input and recommendations to the principal investigator regarding significant developments in the research project. Supervise staff employees and student interns involved with the research project in various capacities. Co-author research papers, project reports, and policy briefs. (30%)
  • Assist with the development of data collection tools related to dietary recalls, psychosocial surveys, food retail audits, and food system change implementation evaluation, working closely with the research team and community partners. Coordinate all aspects of data collection and management in an efficient manner with attention to guidelines for human subjects research and scientific rigor. Teach or instruct the employees and interns in research techniques. (30%)
  • Coordinate Core Modeling Team of community stakeholders including bi-monthly meetings and maintenance of relationships using principles of community-based participatory research. Coordinate annual conference engaging community members in model building, refinement, and validation. Develop and implement protocol for disseminating computational modeling tools for application by three community groups in Cleveland using an interactive pedagogical approach. Systematically record implementation methods to guide refinement and further dissemination. (25%)
  • Monitor complex project budgets that require documentation of matching funds, track expenses and matching funds, provide fiscal reports, and ensure compliance with the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research and other funders of the study. Coordinate all required grant reporting for human subjects research and fiscal compliance. Assist with identifying new funding opportunities and with grant writing. (10%)
  • Serve as liaison to the community partners involved with the project. Facilitate communication with community partners. Represent the study at meetings with partner organizations and community leaders. Foster partnerships with the community to ensure successful implementation and completion of the project. (5%)

NONESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS

Participate in all PRCHN staff meetings and activities.
Perform other duties as assigned.

CONTACTS
Department: Regular contact with department, study investigators, and PRCHN leadership, faculty, and staff.
University: Occasional contact with University faculty and staff.
External: Continuous contact with community partners associated with study implementation including potential funders. Frequent contact with co-investigators from Ohio State University and Albert Einstein College of Medicine.   
Students: Continuous contact with graduate students, student workers, volunteers, and PRCHN Interns.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITY
Direct supervisory responsibility for student workers/interns involved with the project. Oversight and support of community researchers contracted to work on study.

QUALIFICATIONS
Experience: 5 years of experience required. Experience preferred in any of the following areas:  community-based research in urban neighborhoods; food and nutrition research; nutrition-related policy, systems, and environmental interventions; or experience working on food environment interventions in Cleveland.

Education/Licensing: Bachelor’s degree required; a Master’s degree in public health or related field is strongly preferred.

REQUIRED SKILLS
  • Community-engaged research and program evaluation expertise.
  • Knowledge/experience with quantitative and qualitative research designs.
  • Program management skills, including budget management of large budgets.
  • Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
  • Capacity to facilitate institutional review board applications.
  • Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment.
  • 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.  
  • Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • 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.
  • Basic analytical skills.
  • Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
  • Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as needed.
  • Ability to meet consistent attendance.
  • Ability to interact with colleagues, supervisors, and customers face to face.

To apply for this position, please visit the CWRU Human Resources page, referencing job posting #6726. 

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Graduate Research Assistantship Opportunity
Ohio Produce Perks Program Evaluation
June 2018-May 2018

The PRCHN, in partnership with Produce Perks Midwest, is working together to evaluate the statewide expansion of the Produce Perks nutrition incentive program. This two-fold program aims to introduce Produce Perks into a retail environment and expand the current use of Produce Perks at farmers’ markets for the purpose of increasing the demand for fruits and vegetables among SNAP populations across the state of Ohio. The graduate research assistant will be working on the Ohio Produce Perks evaluation team and will work with Research Project Coordinator and other evaluation staff to:
1. Assist in protocol and survey development for data collection activities in retail and farmers’ market sites
2. Conduct, analyze, and summarize project data for reporting out.

The ideal candidate will have excellent communication and organization 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 with prior experience in data management using systems such as SAS or R. Candidates must have strong organizational and written and oral communication skills. Access to office space and a telephone will be provided.

Responsibilities
The graduate research assistant must show capacity for working independently as well as collaboratively. The
graduate research assistant will be supervised by the Research Project Coordinator at Case Western Reserve
University. Responsibilities are as follows:
1. Retail Case Studies
      a. Assist in data collection activities for 3 sites (Tasks include: conducting key informant interviews with retail staff and customers, food retail environment audit, in-store customer intercept surveys)
      b. Compose a summary report of data collection activities
2. Develop and Pilot Test Survey
      a. Assist in the development of a diet-related survey and recruitment protocols
3. Farmers’ Market Focus Groups
      a. Assist in conducting focus group regarding enhancement to data collection tools

Hours and Payment
The graduate research assistant will work 20/week. Hourly wages are $15-$17/hour depending on experience.
Work related travel will be reimbursed.

Application
Interested applicants should complete a PRCHN internship application. Indicate that you are applying for the “Ohio Produce Perks Graduate Research Assistantship.” Attach a CV/resume and cover letter indicating your research or evaluation experience and interest in the Ohio Produce Perks evaluation. Review of applications will begin April 15
and continue until filled. Please direct questions to Stephanie Pike at snp39@case.edu.
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Post-doctoral Scholar
Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods

15-month Post-Doctoral Scholarship Opportunity
May 15, 2018 - August 14, 2019

The CDC-funded Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) at Case Western Reserve
University in Cleveland, Ohio is seeking one post-doctoral scholar to contribute to the Center’s vibrant program of
research focused on community nutrition and healthy food access. This is a 15-month position with the option of
renewal based on performance and availability of funding. The post-doctoral scholar will join a collaborative
research team that includes strong community-university partnerships and will have an opportunity to develop
independent research goals within the scope of existing projects aimed at improving nutrition and healthy food
access among people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and other low-income
populations. The ideal candidate will have a PhD in nutrition, health communications, public health, community
psychology, or social work; a strong background in community nutrition research; skills in mixed methods and
systems modeling research; and a record of translating research findings into publications. Preference will be given
to candidates with experience in food-related research, community-based research, research with SNAP
populations, and implementation research.

RESPONSIBILITIES
The post-doctoral scholar will: Contribute to a team science approach through regular interaction with investigators,
community partners, and other research staff; Assist with qualitative data collection and analysis and establishment
of causal loop models for system dynamic modeling; Collaborate with investigators on qualitative and quantitative
data analysis related to the research aims; Contribute to grant writing to sustain the research; Provide leadership to
the development of presentations and publications related to research serving as lead author on at least one
manuscript; and Participate in weekly seminars focused on population health promotion.
It is expected that the post-doctoral scholar will develop content expertise and a publication track record based on
this experience. A competitive salary, benefits, and travel/research opportunities in the interdisciplinary
environment of the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods are available.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS
1. Experience with qualitative data collection and analysis, and management of quantitative databases.
2. Demonstrated skills in analysis of quantitative data, and evidence of capacity to translate findings for public
dissemination.
3. Experience in systems science.
4. Highly organized, detail-oriented, and self-motivated individual.
5. Ability to work with minimal supervision to complete tasks.
6. Experience facilitating institutional review board applications.
7. Ability to work collaboratively in a small team environment.
8. 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.
9. Strong, professional and effective verbal and written communication skills.
10. 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.
11. Experience and proficiency with Microsoft Word, Power Point, and Excel.
12. Must demonstrate willingness to learn new techniques, procedures, processes, and computer programs as
needed.

WORKING CONDITIONS
Given the field-based nature of the research, the candidate must be physically present at the Prevention Research
Center for Healthy Neighborhoods in Cleveland, Ohio. There are no special health or safety hazards, environmental
conditions or hazardous equipment or supplies. Must have personal, reliable transportation to travel to community
sites throughout the project, documented mileage will be reimbursed. Must be able to work a flexible schedule,
including evenings and weekends as needed.

To apply, please send a statement of qualifications and research interests, CV, dissertation abstract (500 words),
contact information for three references, and one sample publication by email to Dr. Darcy Freedman, daf96@case.edu. Initial review of applications will occur on March 15, 2018 and then on a rolling basis until the position is filled. 
 
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Two (2) Graduate Research Assistantship positions 
Modeling for the Future of Food in Your Neighborhood Study: Graduate Research Assistant
April 2018-May 2019

The PRCHN and the Center for Reducing Health Disparities are collaborating on a National Institutes of Health-funded research study to examine ways to improve access to healthy foods to improve community health. The study takes place in the St. Clair Superior neighborhood in Cleveland, Ohio. The Graduate Research Assistants will work with Project Manager and other study staff to:

1. Coordinate recruitment events
2. Screen and enroll participants to join the study
3. Track and report on study recruitment efforts
4. Coordinate and conduct participant retention activities, including scheduling surveys and tracking calls
5. Attend team meetings
6. Record, track, and report on study retention efforts

The ideal candidate will have a strong connection to the targeted neighborhoods in Cleveland, excellent communication and organization skills, an ability to follow study protocols, an ability to work well with other team members, a very flexible schedule, and will be detail oriented. Preference will be given to candidates with prior experience working on community-based research or evaluation studies. Candidates must have strong organizational and written and oral communication skills. Researchers will need access to transportation. Access to office space and a telephone will be provided.

Responsibilities
The Graduate Research Assistant will work in a team-oriented environment, and must show capacity for working independently yet collaboratively.  The Graduate Research Assistant will be supervised by the Project Manager at Case Western Reserve University. Responsibilities are as follows:
1. Serve as representative of study in community and assist with community convenings.
2. Become trained in human subjects’ research.
3. Follow all study procedures according to protocols.
4. Schedule and participate in study participant recruitment and retention activities.
5. Attend weekly team planning and reporting meetings.
6. Keep careful records of all recruitment and retention activities.
7. Complete screening forms and conduct informed consent with potential participants.
8. Develop summary reports if study findings as needed.
9. Assist with analysis of study data (quantitative analysis skills will be a plus).

Hours and Payment
On average, the graduate research assistant will work 15-20 hours/week.  Hourly wages are $15-17/hour depending on experience. Work-related travel will be reimbursed.

Application
Interested applicants should complete a PRCHN internship application. Indicate that you are applying for the “foodNEST Graduate Research Assistantship.” Attach a CV/resume and cover letter indicating your research experience and interest in the foodNEST study. Review of applications will begin March 15th and continue until filled. Please direct questions to Kakul Joshi at kxj106@case.edu
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Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE): PRCHN-FARE Fellow
Anticipated term: May 2018-August 2018

The Case Western Reserve University Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods (PRCHN) and the Food Access Raises Everyone (FARE) coalition are collaborating on a Health Improvement Partnership for Cuyahoga County funded program, called Healthy Food Retail (HFR). The goal is to improve access to healthy foods in neighborhoods flagged as food deserts through existing food retail businesses. HFR started in 2015 and currently works with 22 stores in Cuyahoga County that are in various stages of program implementation. The program implementation team is looking for students with experience in local business, entrepreneurship, social enterprise or community development to support sustainability of the current initiative by assisting the team in the following areas:   

Responsibilities include:
1. Assist HFR project in maintaining relationships with corner store owners, local suppliers, vendors, and community partners to implement sustainable strategies for bringing fresh produce and other healthy foods into corner stores. This will include systematic examination of food distribution and healthy food vendor networks already serving corner stores and exploring innovative partnerships toward a more efficient and healthy food centered distribution model.
2. Assist HFR team in store development activities. Including but not limited to effective in-store marketing strategies, and healthy product mix sale and promotion ideas.
3. Assist in diversifying our existing coalition to re-focus business partnerships and an entrepreneurship lens to build a more sustainable HFR model that serves both the healthy food needs of the community and business interests of stakeholders involved.
4. Assisting the healthy retail team in determining and streamlining creative solutions that support and enhance development of local healthy eating business opportunities.
5. Incorporate healthy retail business development into existing planning processes and other community engagement conversations.
6. Establish data and tracking system to evaluate effectiveness of the program, impact on the participating businesses and their customers and community from the financial and sustainability perspective.
7. Lead proposal efforts for the healthy food retail program teams including gathering information, proposal and grant writing.

Hours and Payment
On average, the FARE fellow will work 15-20 hours/week. Hourly wages are $13-$16/hour depending on experience. Work related travel will be reimbursed. Expected start date May 1st, 2018.

Application
Job description can also be found at the Prevention Research Center for Healthy Neighborhoods weblink. Interested applicants should send a CV/resume and cover letter indicating your research experience and interest in this position to Kakul Joshi (kxj106@case.edu). Indicate that you are applying for the “PRCHN-FARE Fellow” in the subject line. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until filled. Please direct questions to Kakul Joshi at kxj106@case.edu.