Research Program Assistant II: Casual

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The Research Program Assistant II works for the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health as part of its Behavioral Health team.  This is a Casual (As Needed) position.  This position works together with the Center’s field and Baltimore-based research team to assist in the delivery of field-based public health services.  This position will be based in one of four sites:  Gallup (NM), Fort Defiance (AZ), Shiprock (NM) and Whiteriver (AZ).

The Center has a mission to work in partnership with American Indian tribes to raise the health status and self-sufficiency of American Indian people to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities: 1) research, 2) service, and 3) training.

The goals of the Center projects are to develop, implement and evaluate projects aimed at improving health status for Native American families and communities. 

This project will evaluate the Family Spirit Nurture home-based curriculum delivered between pregnancy and 18 months post-partum. Outcomes focus on: 1) the impact of home-based lessons on sugar sweetened beverage intake among infants and mothers; 2) the impact of providing drinking water on reduced sugar sweetened beverage intake among infants and mothers; 3) the impact of sugar sweetened beverage intake on the oral health of infants; 4) how and what mothers feed their infants/toddlers; 5) child diet and physical activity; 6) child weight/ status (age and sex specific BMI z-scores); 7) maternal psychosocial and household environment factors; 8) biologic measures tied to obesity risks; and 9) maternal oral health knowledge and infant oral health status.

Project activities include family-based outreach and education, travel to local homes by car and program implementation and evaluation document completion.  Attention to detail, good communication and interpersonal skills are required.

Brief summary of duties and qualifications:

Serve as either a Family Health Coach or a Family Health Liaison for the Center’s Family Spirit Nurture research studies.  Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to:
Attend community meetings to represent the project and maintain contacts with community partners.
Recruit eligible study participants and administer informed consent.
Provide referrals to appropriate community resources.
Provide transportation for participants to prenatal and well baby visits.
Travel to and conduct home-based lessons between 28 weeks gestation and 18 months postpartum.  Lesson topics may include: healthy infant/toddler diet and physical activity; healthy food/beverage availability; complementary feeding and responsive parenting practices; safe play spaces in the home environment; promotion of optimal dental health in infants and toddlers.
Collect data from participants, which may include some or all of the following: interview data; self-report data; observational data in the home; oral health specimen collections from infants.
Review data for document accuracy and processing as needed.
Work with the rest of project team on duties related to the general conduct of the program and evaluation and participate in staff meetings to review project goals and progress.
Attend field-based trainings and meetings (travel required).
Update program logs and maintain up-to-date data entry records as needed.
Assist with the other Center-wide programmatic duties as needed.

Education and Experience
High School Diploma or GED equivalent
Two years of related experience
Experience working within Native populations
Current CPR, BLS or approved alternate certification required
Ability to speak local language preferred

Strong interpersonal and communication skills
Efficient and detail-oriented
Independent learner and worker
Flexible and adaptable
Ability to effectively multi-task
Self motivated and driven
Excellent professional judgment and discretion
Ability to operate a telephone, printer, fax, copier, tablet, and computer with software use experience in Microsoft Word, Excel, & Power Point
Ability to drive a project vehicle as needed and to follow guidelines on vehicle use
Ability to follow worksite guidelines on cell phone use
Ability to take direction and respond positively to feedback in the workplace

Current driver’s license issued by the state of residence and good driving record required
Ability to travel with overnight stays required as needed.  Some evening and weekend work may be required.
This position will require interaction with community health care providers and other hospital/clinic staff and therefore may require frequent trips to and time spent at the community health clinics and hospitals
This position will maintain current CPR, BLS or approved alternate certification
This position will maintain background clearance as required by the employer and any collaborating agencies

Contact Information

For more information, please contact Kathleen Norton at (928) 205-5822 or