The Rural Community Engagement Specialist works with investigators within a Community-based participatory research framework to develop and maintain respectful research relationships with rural community and organizational partners.
Community Engagement (90%)
In collaboration with MK-MDT researchers:
Conduct outreach to rural communities, health organizations and research partners Plan and coordinate community engagement activities to support research collaborations with community partners Coordinate and facilitate research meetings with Advisory Councils and community partner organizations Prepare briefing notes, meeting materials, background reports, community and academic presentations, and other meeting materials Serve on committees as requested representing the MK-Medical Discovery Team. Communicate up-to-date developments and information on current health issues, services and policy developments in Minnesota with the MK-MDT investigators and staff Conduct on-going community engagement activities to support research collaborations with community partners Visit communities with researchers and independently, to discuss projects, community research needs, and to gauge interest in community-academic research partnerships and collaborations. Provide support to community-based research staff
Research and data (10%)
Prepare community profiles, identify potential key consultants, communicate research plans and, where applicable, research results to community partners. Prepare and obtain letters of support for research applications. Facilitate community level research participant recruitment strategies and communicate protocols for research ethics and patient/participant consent to organizational partners Assist in the recruitment of community-based staff and serve as a liaison between community-based staff and the Duluth-based investigators.
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials.
BA/BS plus at least 4-years of experience or a combination of related education and work experience to equal eight years. Ability to travel, occasionally, overnight, throughout rural Minnesota. Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Masters in Public Health, Health or Social Sciences. Knowledge of rural Minnesota communities and health systems, health equity and community-based research. Experience in community outreach and community engagement. Ability to write for diverse audiences. Experience with knowledge translation and exchange. Training and experience in health research ethics.
Internal Number: 334178
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