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 a meticulous, intellectually curious and driven individual to serve as an IMPaCT Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will report to a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and assist the CRC in the provision of strategic support for multiple Community Health Worker (CHW) care teams embedded within both inpatient and outpatient settings.
The Research Assistant (RA) will aid the Clinical Research Coordinator and the Principal Investigator in the development and execution of data driven quality improvement (QI) initiatives within the Penn Center for CHWs. The principal role of the RA will be to provide general research and administrative support for the IMPaCT Transitions, Home, and Primary Care programs. Administrative duties will include reviewing UPHS electronic medical records on a daily basis to identify high-risk patients who meet the criteria to receive the IMPaCT intervention as part of their routine care. Research duties will also include screening and enrolling study participants, maintaining telephone follow-up with study participants, data collection, survey administration, medical chart abstractions, data entry and cleaning, as well as assisting with preparation and submission of regulatory documents to the Penn IRB and other entities. Additional tasks may include assisting with grant writing based on pilot results, conducting literature reviews and assisting with the preparation of scholarly manuscripts and presentations. The RA will be expected to perform other duties as reasonably assigned.
Position is contingent on continued funding.