Position Type : Full Time
IMPaCT is an innovative, evidence-based health care delivery model for improving health outcomes among socioeconomically vulnerable, high-risk patients. In the IMPaCT model, Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide structured advocacy, social support and navigation to high-risk patients in order to help them reach their health goals. CHWs are trained laypeople who share life circumstances (race, socioeconomic status, language, etc.) with their patients. They are ‘natural helpers’ within the community.
IMPaCT was developed by the Penn Center for Community Health Workers, a community-academic collaboration funded by the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). IMPaCT was tested in a randomized controlled trial of 446 patients and found to improve a variety of post-hospital outcomes including access to care, mental health and recurrent hospital readmission. This study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine.
The Penn Center for CHWs has received national attention as a leader in advancing evidence-based models for CHW care, and has been featured in media such as the Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), and Forbes magazine. More information about the Penn Center for CHWs can be found on our website: http://chw.upenn.edu/
Data is crucial to the IMPaCT model. We use a variety of data sources to identify high-risk patients in real-time, to ensure that IMPaCT is effective in improving patient outcomes, and to understand how IMPaCT is working and how it may be improved.
We are looking for an intellectually-curious and driven individual to provide strategic research and administrative support for the Penn Center for CHWs. He/She will report directly to the PCCHW Executive Director, Dr. Shreya Kangovi, a physician-investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine. The position will require engagement in all aspects of the Principal Investigator’s research protocols from study start-up to close-out, leading multiple studies of varying methodology (qualitative interviews, randomized controlled trials, and quality improvement), onboarding and supervising research personnel as well as mentoring students.
The Project Manager will be responsible for oversight of multiple complex studies (including multi-site trials), monitoring progress and timelines, preparing reports for regulatory and funding agencies and directing regulatory compliance. This individual will also be responsible for the oversight of the human subject recruitment process. Research duties include but are not limited to preparation, modification, and renewal of IRB protocols, submission of informed consent and data collection forms for regulatory approval, planning and implementation of study protocols, providing oversight and maintenance of study databases, tracking and assurance of timely follow-ups with enrolled participants, maintenance and organization of regulatory documentation, preparation of data for analysis and coordination of staff schedules. The Project Manager will coordinate communication with study investigators and research staff and will assist the Principal Investigator with the preparation of materials for presentation at scientific meetings, scholarly manuscripts, and other correspondence related to the project. Additional research duties will include budget development, grant-writing based on pilot results, reimbursements reconciliation from grant funds for project expenses, and ensuring timely completion of ongoing protocols. Administrative duties will include supervising research personnel who are responsible for screening of patients prior to provision of IMPaCT CHW services, implementation and evaluation of the IMPaCT Teaching Service, development of PCCHW publicity materials and coordinating correspondence with Penn Medicine stakeholders that are interested in the IMPaCT model. Beyond the research and administrative responsibilities described above, the Project Manager will additionally be expected to explore partnerships that will involve federal grants and collaboration across institutions and health systems.