The Community Engagement Specialist will support the successful completion of the UNC-Chapel Hill scope of work on New IDEAS, an Alzheimer’s study. New IDEAS is a contracted project being completed in partnership with American College of Radiology (ACR) and Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC), the Alzheimer’s Association, among others. UNC-Chapel Hill’s scope of work is to co-lead the national recruitment of African American and Latinx participants with VUMC. The national recruitment of participants will be completed with community-engaged approaches in ~10 US metro areas with prevalent Black/African American and Latinx/Hispanic older adult populations. Community-based champion networks will be developed in selected metro areas through partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association. Champion networks will be comprised of community members and leaders from local African American and Latinx older adult communities. Champions will be partners in disseminating study materials, communicating with community organizations about the study, and offering community education and other events. Champions will be in routing contact with the Engagement Specialist to offer feedback on community perspectives of the study and to report on their activities so that the team can monitor and improve the overall approach of the study. Community Engagement Specialist’s tasks include, but are not limited to: 1) support development of local, community-based champion networks through engagement and socialization with stakeholders 2) provide virtual and on-site (pending Covid restrictions) training, coaching, and support to champions; 3) complete virtual and on-site (pending Covid restrictions) data collection of the champions’ community engagement activities; 4) prepare metro area-level reports of the champion-level data and provide to the study team. 5) coordinate with study team to improve community engagement approach and ensure timely success with recruiting African American and Latinx participants
Education and Experience:
Required: 1) Ability to work independently, 2) Ability to communicate and interact effectively with diverse community members, staff and researchers, 3) Community engagement experience, 4) National travel (pending Covid restrictions) is required for position to train, support, and support data collection with champion networks in 10 US metro areas. 5) Spanish fluency Preferred: 1) Experience with community-based recruitment or community-based participatory research and/or outreach, 2) Experience in recruitment of adult diverse populations in health-related research, African American and Black populations, Latinx/Hispanic populations, 3) Experience with national recruitment and community-engaged methods, 4) Research experience with participant recruitment, protocol compliance and fidelity, observational assessments, and/or data entry 5) Spanish proficiency
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