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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 strategies1 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 (www.cdc.gov/prc). 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 three 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 (lawrence.kleinman@case.edu): 
(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, visit the website (www.prchn.org) or contact Dr. Elaine Borawski at exb11@case.edu.