BUILDING A WORKFORCE

Community Health Worker

JOIN for ME Research Program

Part-time

Bilingual Spanish Required

CHW Certification Preferred

Community Health Worker Position:

Researchers from The Miriam Hospital and Brown University have been awarded a grant from the Centers for Disease Control to adapt and implement an evidence-based behavioral weight control intervention for families with children ages 6-12 years within RI communities. The goal of the research is to adapt the program to the needs of each community in such a way as to remove barriers to participation and improve access to care.

Position:

The Community Health Worker position is part-time position that is funded for 2.5 years, 16-25 hours a week depending on project phase, but no less than 40% FTE. The salary is equivalent to a full-time salary of approximately $45, 000 and position specific training will be conducted upon hire during paid work time.

The intervention will be delivered in the communities of Woonsocket, Central Falls, and Providence, and thus fluency in Spanish is required. A CHW certification is preferred and a high school diploma is required. As this position is in the context of a research grant, there are both clinical and research related responsibilities, primarily related to documentation (no prior research experience is expected or required).

Description of Responsibilities:

The CHW will be responsible for delivering a group-based pediatric weight control program to children ages 6-12 with overweight/obesity and their families within either a health care or public housing setting. The primary responsibilities include: assisting the research team with recruiting families; delivering the intervention according to research protocol requirements; engaging in retention and follow-up efforts with families; and collecting data/documenting services provided to children in accordance with the research team’s policies and procedures. Overall, the CHW will serve as a liaison between families, the intervention setting, and the research team in the delivery of weight management treatment, improving the quality and cultural competence of service delivery, as well as assisting with data collection to support evaluation of the research grant’s aims.

Program Contacts:

Principal Investigator: Dr. Elissa Jelalian, PhD, (401) 793-9716, elissa_jelalian@brown.edu

Project Director: Andrea Grenga, (401) 793-8997, agrenga@lifespan.org