The Research Program Assistant works as a Casual (As Needed) staff member with a primary focus on behavioral and community-health programs run by Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health to benefit members of Indigenous groups such as Native Americans, Alaskan Natives and First Nations. The Nutrition/Fitness programs are designed to bring program innovations and activities to underserved communities in an effort to overcome barriers to affordability and accessibility to healthy foods.
The Center is located within the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and has a mission to work in partnership with American Indian tribes to raise the health status and self-sufficiency of American Indian people to the highest possible level. This mission is accomplished through three core activities: 1) research, 2) service, and 3) training. This position is based in Shiprock, NM with travel to participating field sites and Baltimore required on a regular basis, as well as relevant public health conferences. The staff member reports to the on-site Program Coordinator.
This position works together with the Center's Albuquerque and Baltimore-based behavioral health faculty and reservation-based research team to empower American Indian youth to realize their full potential through the promotion of physical fitness, healthy nutrition, and the acquisition of positive life skills. The individual working in this position may assist with other field-based behavioral health programs currently ongoing and newly-started in the Center.
This position serves as a Casual (As Needed) Research Program Assistant for nutrition and fitness research projects. Specific responsibilities may include, but are not limited to: Assist with the field-based development and implementation of several behavioral health projects aimed at improving fitness levels, nutrition and life skills of children, youth and adults.
Assist with the NativeVision sports, life skills, youth leadership and collaborating community service programs to encourage healthy lifestyles and positive youth development. Assist in the development of NativeVision mini-camps that will be conducted during school breaks. Teach the Edible School Garden and Traditional Foodways curriculum.
Document all process details of each class as directed. Assist with planning and implementation aspects of the school gardens and greenhouse, including designing, planting, maintaining, and harvesting the garden and greenhouse produce. Assist with the implementation of the evaluation plan to measure changes in fitness levels, nutrition knowledge, self-esteem, and culture connectedness from the beginning to the end of the program. knowledge, self-esteem, and culture connectedness from the beginning to the end of the program.
Maintain program records and complete regular progress reports. Assist with the development of curriculum for foodways and culture curriculum. Assist with the elder/youth farming project activities. Attend meetings with local partners to get input and feedback on nutrition and fitness program development.
Assist with all reporting requirements in cooperation with community and tribal partners. Assist with the development of project-related manuscripts. Maintain knowledge of all of the Center's behavioral health, infectious disease and training projects.