This position would work with a 5-year study examining the risk and protective factors for childhood obesity in the home environment of racially/ethnically and socioeconomically diverse children. The current phase of the study involves a longitudinal survey to a diverse sample of caregivers, ages 5-7.
The person in this position would lead the recruitment of Somali participants. The main focus of this job will be recruiting Somali participants through recruitment phone calls (primary), recruitment letters, and in-person recruitment at health clinics.
The candidate will also assist the research team in day-to-day tasks such as preparing recruitment materials and gift cards. Other administrative duties will include: organization of files, data entry, attending meetings, and assisting in study protocols.
Must be U of MN registered student--undergrad or graduate.
Enrolled in a BA/BS program in nutrition, public health or social science discipline.
Somali fluency and ability to translate materials into Somali
Ability to work well independently and with a team.
Ability and willingness to work some evening hours.
Valid driver’s license with access to reliable transportation and willingness to travel within the Twin Cities metropolitan area (day trips only).
Demonstrated computer skills using Microsoft Office.
Demonstrated effective communication skills (verbal and written).
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Excellent organizational skills.
Ability to commit at least a year to the position.
Experience translating materials from English into Somali.
Experience participating in data collection for research, including recruitment, survey research, and in-home data collection.
Interest in research on families with physical and mental health concerns, childhood obesity prevention, and community-based research.
The University of Minnesota, founded in the belief that all people are enriched by understanding, is dedicated to the advancement of learning and the search for truth; to the sharing of this knowledge through education for a diverse community; and to the application of this knowledge to benefit the people of the state, the nation, and the world.