The Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team – Health Equity (MK-MDT) the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth Campus, conducts community-based research concerning diabetes and dementia in rural communities. The MK-MDT has obtained funding to establish a Center for Community Engaged Research Rural Dementia and Alzheimer’s Research (CERDAR). The CERDAR project is led by Drs. Kristen Jacklin and Wayne Warry of the Mk-MDT. The focus of CERDAR research project is to better understand the lived-experiences of people with dementia and their caregivers living in rural areas. This research will be guided by two Community Advisory Groups (CAGs) in Northeast and Northwest Minnesota.
The MK-MDT is hiring Community-based Researcher who would reside and work in Northwest Minnesota, within the Dancing Sky Area Agency on Aging region. This position is a full- time, one-year contract with possibility of renewal. The Community Researcher will have key responsibilities for research projects focused on dementia. The successful candidate will serve as liaison between researchers, partner organizations and communities. As such, the successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of key concepts and considerations with regards to health services research with rural populations and implement and undertake the specific research activities and ensure timely completion of deliverables.
Key responsibilities include • Conduct key informant and participant interviews and facilitate focus groups with the assistance of the research coordinator • Help recruit research participants and assist in enrolling them through the CERDAR Registry • Serve as a liaison between researchers, community members, partners, and organizations • Coordinate and facilitate community advisory group meetings • Be involved in all aspects of the research process including relationship building, recruitment, data collection and analysis • Assist with data analysis and dissemination of results • Contribute to research articles, manuscripts and reports • Ensure secure storage of research data and documentation
All required qualifications must be documented on application materials
Qualifications • Bachelor's degree and 2 years of experience; or a combination of education and experience to equal 6 years. • Ability to travel, valid Minnesota Driver’s License
Preferred qualifications • Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team • Education and experience (MSc, MSW or MA) with 2 years’ experience • Knowledge of Dementia services or programs at the community, state, and federal level • Experience working with people diagnosed with dementia • Extensive outreach activities with communities, organizations, and national and international partners • Experience with knowledge translation and exchange with Indigenous communities.
Internal Number: 339122
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