Department: Prevention Science Institute
Rank: Research Assistant
Annual Basis: 12 Month
Multiple positions available from 0.5 to 1.0 FTE
Review of Applications Begins
Immediately, positions open until filled and ongoing needs arise
Special Instructions to Applicants
Complete applications must include a cover letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references.
Please note this position does not have to live in Eugene, Oregon but must be able to travel across Oregon to various testing sites.
The Prevention Science Institute (PSI) is a multi-disciplinary institute focused on understanding human development, preventing behavioral health problems, and implementing effective interventions in community settings. The PSI encompasses focus areas consistent with the field of prevention science, including prevention and intervention, and implementation science. Understanding effective intervention strategies and the outcomes associated with these interventions across multiple domains of functioning, including biological, social, and contextual, is the focus of research at the PSI. The core mission of the PSI is to improve the lives and well-being of children, individuals, and families throughout the lifespan. The PSI is committed to research that expands our understanding of interventions and development with diverse populations, and actively seeks to promote research that reduces health disparities in service utilization.
The Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx-UP) grant serves to scale-up SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) testing to Latinx communities throughout the state. We plan to collaborate with community partners to continue the implementation of 12 recurring testing sites in 5 counties in Oregon. We will also include one new testing event per week at a location determined by community partners to be a value-added testing location. In both of these testing event types, we will continue to partner with community organizations to implement a Promotores de Salud intervention to improve health behaviors among testing program participants. This project has the potential to enhance COVID-19 testing access and reach for a significantly underserved population that is vulnerable to SARS-CoV-2 transmission and at increased risk for severe COVID-19 symptoms.
The Testing Facilitator provides key coordination and support for COVID-19 testing events associated with the RADx-UP initiative. This position will be responsible for HIPAA compliance, facilitation of sample collections via self-administered nasal swabs and/or saliva collection kits, ensuring collection and completion of accompanying intake and registration data and research survey data, and assisting with transport or mailing of samples for processing. Interactions with patients will occur in Spanish and English. The Testing Facilitator will work under the guidance and the support of the Field Coordinator. This position requires the ability to work a five-hour shift in full personal protective equipment and to travel by car to testing events.
In addition to the RADx-UP events, the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is holding a subset of their vaccination clinics in areas and venues that are specifically focused on reaching the Latinx community. They would like to hold COVID-19 testing as separate stand-alone events at these vaccination clinics. OHA has enlisted the UO to explore if we could begin new testing events in conjunction with these vaccination clinics, using a contract from OHA (flow through from FEMA). These testing events and the associated contract would be strictly a service to OHA/the state of Oregon, and will not include a research component.
If hired on as staff for either project (RADx-UP or OHA contract), this position requires travel to multiple COVID-19 testing locations within a region, approximately 3 hours one way. The position will last through December 31, 2021, with a possibility of extending work if COVID-19 testing is still needed.
• Bachelor's degree in a relevant field OR experience relevant to the duties of this position (customer service, community organizing, any medical experience, data collection, etc.)
• Fluent bilingual (English/Spanish) or monolingual Spanish speaker or fluent speaker of an endemic indigenous language (such as Mam).
• Basic computer and keyboard proficiency using Microsoft Office software and iPad-AD-based survey tools
• Highly efficient and organized approach to work and strong attention to detail and thoroughness
• Ability to respond quickly and thoughtfully should logistical problems arise at a testing site
• Familiarity with customer service techniques and the ability to enthusiastically and confidently relate project information.
• Ability to learn quickly and work independently, with supervision as needed
• Ability to multi-task, especially in complicated fast-moving scenarios
• Ability to work with diverse populations
• Effective oral and written communication skills and interpersonal skills
• Ability to manage time and meet deadlines and strong organizational skills
• Ability to work flexible hours, in non-traditional and community-based settings
• Ability to work collaboratively as a team member as well as independently
• Ability to maintain accurate records and necessary paperwork
• Experience collecting and/or overseeing the collection of human biospecimen samples (e.g., salivary cortisol, saliva DNA, blood spots).
• Experience working with underserved communities.
• Experience working with both on-site and remote teams
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