Research Assistant

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POST DATE 1/17/2013
END DATE 4/17/2013

UCSF San Francisco, CA

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The mission of the Department of Family and Community Medicine (DFCM) is to educate students and residents in family practice with an emphasis on meeting the needs of the economically disadvantaged and the medically underserved; to advance knowledge in family and community medicine; and to develop methods of primary care that are effective, efficient, and accessible to all people.

The Center on Social Disparities in Health (CSDH), which is housed in the DFCM, is comprised of a multi-disciplinary research team committed to conducting studies that address social disparities in health. For the past 3 years, CSDH has worked in close collaboration with the State of California Department of Public Health Maternal Child and Adolescent Health Branch (MCAH) to develop and implement the new California Black Infant Health Program (BIH) and currently has funding to develop and implement a rigorous evaluation of that new program. In addition, CSDH has received funding from the William K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) to support the development, implementation, and evaluation of an innovative approach to improve African-American birth outcomes and infant survival in California targeting social determinants of infant and maternal health. The proposed WKKF interventions will build on and supplement the new BIH program's core activities. For the next 3 years, CSDH researchers will work closely with MCAH and BIH staff to develop, pretest, pilot, implement and evaluate the WKKF supplemental interventions.

Under general supervision of the Project Director for both projects, the Research Assistant will work independently and in collaboration with other research staff to support all activities related to the WKKF intervention development, implementation, and evaluation, including any relevant activities involving BIH. S/he will provide research support to the project team by conducting literature searches and other information gathering and summarization. S/he will participate in activities related to data collection and analysis, production of tables and graphs for reports and presentations, and dissemination of findings. The Research Assistant will also assist with administrative/clerical activities such as preparing materials for trainings and meetings, maintaining reference files, assisting with project-specific purchasing, and scheduling and taking minutes for project-related meetings and phone calls. This position will entail effective communication with staff and faculty at various professional levels within CSDH and with outside collaborators including program staff at WKKF, program and epidemiology staff at MCAH, local BIH staff, and subcontractors. Note:
This is a full-time position currently funded until 8/31/14 with the possibility of an extension.

Required Qualifications

- BA/BS and a minimum of one year of related research or work experience in public health, health policy, health promotion, social sciences, or related field.
- Training and experience in quantitative and qualitative research methodology.
- Two years experience using academic search engines such as PubMed, Eric, and EconLit.
- Demonstrated ability to conduct systematic literature searches using PubMed and other academic search engines, critically review and summarize findings from a range of sources both in written and graphic form.
- Demonstrated ability to translate data/computer output into tables and charts.
- Excellent computer, word processing, and writing skills:
demonstrated proficiency using Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
- Rigorous attention to detail in analytic and written work.
- Excellent interpersonal, telephone, and email communication skills; ability to communicate effectively with individuals and groups at various professional levels.
- Ability to prioritize assignments and manage several concurrent activities effectively with frequent interruptions under heavy deadlines and pressure, seeking input when appropriate.
- Demonstrated ability to work effectively as part of a collaborative team.

Physical Demands:
requires sitting; standing; walking; squatting; bending; climbing stairs; reaching up to shoulder height; reaching above shoulder level; carrying/lifting 20 pounds; gripping/grasping, fine/gross finger manipulation; repetitive movements of upper and lower extremities; differentiate color.

Fingerprinting and background check required.

Preferred Qualifications
- Training and experience in program planning and evaluation.
- Masters degree in Public Health or a related health or social science field.
- Prior research experience focused on maternal and child health and/or social disparities in health.
- Working knowledge of EndNote or other reference management software.
- Ability to analyze quantitative and qualitative data.


Position Type
Full Time.