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Professional Research Assistant
University of Colorado Denver
Anschutz Medical Campus
Colorado School of Public Health
Department of Epidemiology

Professional Research Assistant
Diabetes Intervention Trial
Work location: Chinle, Arizona

The Colorado School of Public Health, Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center has two openings for Professional Research Assistants (PRA), one position at 1.0 FTE (40 hours/week) and another position at 0.8 FTE (32 hours/week). The work location will be Chinle, Arizona.

These positions will support the randomized controlled trial (RCT), Tribal Turning Point (TTP). TTP is a five-year, multi-site RCT study funded by the National Institute of Health that will rigorously evaluate the effect of TTP, a newly developed behavioral intervention for American Indian (AI) child-parent dyads, on diabetes risk factors in 300 children who are overweight or obese, 7-10 years of age, and living in urban (Phoenix, AZ) or rural (Shiprock, NM and Chinle, AZ) communities served by the Indian Health Service. The coordination of the study is managed by University of Colorado in Aurora, CO (UCD). There are three field work sites participating in TTP: Shiprock, NM; Chinle, AZ; and Phoenix, AZ. This Professional Research Assistant (PRA) position will be based in Chinle, AZ, and will work directly with the Navajo population. This position starts February 2018 and lasts 2-5 years, contingent on job performance and funding.

The overarching objectives of TTP are 1) to evaluate the effect of TTP on anthropometric and metabolic risk factors in 7-10 year old overweight/obese Native children, 2) to examine the effect of TTP on health behaviors, and 3) explore multi-level factors related to participant engagement, program implementation and potential for sustained delivery. In addition, some anthropometric and metabolic risk factors for the participating child?s support person will also be assessed. The TTP curriculum was developed in a recently completed pilot study that demonstrated the feasibility of program delivery, acceptability by AI children and stakeholders, and significant treatment effects for multiple obesity measures. Specifically, the PRA in this position will focus on 1) recruitment of eligible children and a caregiver to the study, 2) delivery of the lifestyle classes and activities to the study participants, and 3) data collection of physical measurements and questionnaires to evaluate the program?s success.

The TTP Chinle site will enroll 100 overweight or obese AI children, 7-10 years old, along with a parent or other primary caregiver. Youth will be randomized to either a lifestyle intervention or a control group. Participants randomized to the intervention will receive the TTP lifestyle classes and activities. Participants in the control group will receive group classes focused on health and safety topics.

SUPERVISION RECEIVED The PRA will work closely with two other TTP team members located in Chinle, AZ and will report directly to the TTP study coordinator, who is located in Albuquerque, NM. Supervision will include training and oversight of the position responsibilities. The position is part of UCD, Navajo and Phoenix study teams and will be expected to participate as part of the collective.



The primary duties of this position include the following activities:

  • Advertise, recruit and assess eligibility of individuals for the program
  • Collect data on children and caregivers
  • Organize, schedule, and lead the lifestyle classes
  • Identify community resources to lead the health and safety classes and organize the event
  • Participate in study meetings, trainings, and work groups as required
  • Identify and engage community stakeholders interested in Native health and willing to participate in stakeholder meetings
  • Organize and schedule study appointments
  • Conduct data entry of study measures
  • Assist in organizing annual stakeholder meetings
  • Other study projects as necessary within the scope of this full-time position

This position will work primarily Monday through Friday during the day. Some Saturdays and weeknights are required to accommodate participants. Study activities are conducted in Chinle, AZ. Occasional overnight travel may be needed to attend trainings or study meetings.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES The person in this position must have a background in health education or lifestyle counseling, be able to communicate clearly the goals of the study to the parents and children, and lead the TTP lifestyle classes. This person must enjoy working with children and their families.

The salary range for this position is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

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The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

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  • Bachelor?s degree or equivalent work experience
  • 2 years clinical, community or research experience in health education or lifestyle counseling
  • Self-directed and have excellent attention to detail and interpersonal communication skills
  • Valid driver?s license and reliable personal transportation
  • Knowledge of Native Americans
  • Leadership experience (applicable to 1.0 FTE PRA only)
  • Clinical or research experience with Native American populations
  • Data collection experience, including physical measurements and administration of questionnaires
  • Experience with phlebotomy and blood sample processing
  • Knowledge of type 2 diabetes
Special Instructions to Applicants: Questions should be directed to Christy Hockett at Application Materials Required: Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References Application Materials Instructions: Review of applications will begin Jan 8th 2018, and continue until position is filled. Applicants must apply online at . Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact. APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE: 1. A cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume


Professional Research Assistant