Clinical Research Assistant

Pennsylvania, United States
03 Jun 2019
End of advertisement period
03 Aug 2019
Contract Type
Fixed Term
Full Time

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.

The Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest and one of the finest medical schools in the United States. Penn is rich in tradition and heritage and at the same time consistently at the forefront of new developments and innovations in medical education and research. Since its founding in 1765 the School has been a strong presence in the community and prides itself on educating the leaders of tomorrow in patient care, biomedical research, and medical education.

The Penn Center for Community Health is a nationally recognized hum for Community Health Worker (CHW) research, patient care, and dissemination. The Center’s mission is to improve health in high risk populations through the effective use of Community Health Workers (CHWs). The Center developed IMPaCT, an innovative, evidence-based health care delivery model for improving health outcomes among socioeconomically vulnerable, high-risk patients. In the IMPaCT model, Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide structured advocacy, social support and navigation to high-risk patients in order to help them reach their health goals. CHWs are trained laypeople who share life circumstances (race, socioeconomic status, language, etc.) with their patients. They are natural helpers within the community.

IMPaCT has served more than 8,000 people in Philadelphia and has been shown to improve patients’ post hospital primary care access, chronic disease control, and mental health, while reducing hospital days by 65 percent. More than 1,000 organizations have accessed our CHW toolkit, and we provide technical assistance to help organizations around the country create, launch, and sustain effective CHW programs. Our Center is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.

Data is crucial to the IMPaCT model. We use a variety of data sources to identify high-risk patients in real-time, to ensure that IMPaCT is effective in improving patient outcomes, and to understand how IMPaCT is working and how it may be improved. We are looking for a meticulous, intellectually curious and driven individual to serve as an IMPaCT Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will report to a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and assist the CRC in the provision of strategic support for multiple Community Health Worker (CHW) care teams embedded within both inpatient and outpatient settings.

Principal research responsibilities pertain to supporting a grant-funded project titled The Engage Study that tests the impacts of digital financial incentives and community health worker (CHW) support on diabetes outcomes. The IMPaCT Research Assistant (RA) will help with participant screening, recruitment, enrollment, and follow up. They will help with chart reviews ensuring participants receive payment in a timely fashion and ensuring compliance to all regulatory protocols. This will encompass 75 percent if their time. In addition, the RA will support the Clinical Research Coordinator and Principal Investigator in the conduct of data driven quality improvement (QI) initiatives within the Penn Center for CHWs. The RA may provide clinical support for PCCHW, including daily screening and enrollment of high-risk patients who meet the criteria to receive the IMPaCT intervention as part of their routine care. The RA may also provide evaluation support measuring outcomes of IMPaCT patients using both qualitative and quantitative methods, including assisting the CRC with gathering information using validated data collection instruments (open-ended and closed-ended surveys). The RA will also assist with ongoing research projects within the Penn Center for CHWs relating to the use of CHWs to improve health outcomes.

A High School Diploma or GED and 3 years to 5 years of experience or an equivalent combination of education and experience required.
* Experience with clinical human subjects research: data collection, analysis, and study implementation
* Strong verbal and written skills and ability to interact with a diverse population of clinicians, administrative staff, and program participants
* Excellent organizational skills, very detail-oriented
* Ability to work independently and solve problems effectively
* Effective communication and writing skills
* Proficient in Microsoft Word and Excel
Preferred Skills and Experience:
* BA/BS preferred
* Familiarity with medical terminology and experience gained in a clinical environment preferred
* Working knowledge of Penn Medicine Systems (EPIC, MedView, REDCap).

Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.