Health Educator II (Catchment Area Research Specialist)
Location: New Brunswick, New Jersey
Internal Number: 191683
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Health Educator II (Catchment Area Research Specialist) in Cancer Health Equity & Engagement at Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey.
The Health Educator II will serve as Catchment Area Research Specialist and work under the direction of the Assistant Director of Research and Catchment Data. This position promotes cancer health equity research integration at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey as part of the Cancer Health Equity Center of Excellence (CHECoE). The Catchment Area Research Specialist will also work with community outreach and engagement team members, community clinical practice teams, community organizations and Rutgers Cancer Institute research program leaders and liaisons to facilitate achievement of our goals of increasing participation of underserved and underrepresented communities in cancer clinical trials.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
Identifies and participates in evidence-based cancer related knowledge brokering through creation of dissemination pathways within communities and networks, specifically on research and clinical trials.
Responds to inquiries from community clinical practice teams and community organizations about research and clinical trials services and refers to the appropriate resource.
Assists in identifying, developing, and implementing initiatives that ensure CINJ research is addressing catchment area priorities and health equity and is responsive to community identified needs.
Works closely with the Community Outreach and Education team, Citizen Scientists and Community Cancer Action Board (CCAB) members, and Impact Councils to develop educational and outreach materials on clinical trials, and develop and coordinate relevant in-reach and outreach efforts and activities (e.g., citizen scientist program opportunities and matching with researchers).
Works closely with the CHECoE Community Education and Engagement team and Community Navigation team to educate communities and providers in better understanding research and clinical trials, and available materials and resources.
Attends and participates in key meetings and committees at Rutgers Cancer Institute for research integration efforts (e.g., Catchment Area & COE Research Programs Integration Meeting, Disease Specific Working Groups (DSGs), Commission on Cancer Survivorship Committee, CINJ's Patient Education Committee) and other meetings (e.g., RWJBH/CINJ systemwide inter-professional oncology operations collaborative).
Provides guidance to enhance cancer clinical trials participation through education and liaison actions within the RWJBH health system. 8. Assists in promoting and recommending bidirectional, efficacious community engagement strategies in cancer research activities, ensuring research can be optimally translated to communities.
Interfaces with the Rutgers Cancer Institute's Office of Human Research Services (OHRS) on clinical trials enrollment efforts.
Works closely with Catchment Area and Research management to track research integration interactions; collects, summarizes, documents and reports on all data related tasks.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Bachelor's Degree in Public Health, or a related field plus two (2) years of experience in healthcare, public health, academic research environment or similar experience; or a Master's Degree plus one (1) year of experience in healthcare, public health, academic research environment or similar experience.
Equivalent education, experience and/or training may be substituted for the degree requirement.
City: New Brunswick
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
PHYSICALDEMANDS: Standing, sitting, walking, talking and hearing. No special vision requirements. Lifting up to 25 lbs.
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