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The purpose of this position is to provide community engagement support for the Clinical Pain Research Center (“UW Pain Hub”). The Community Engagement Research Coordinator (CERC) will work closely with Dr. Kushang Patel, Dr. Allison Cole and the UW Pain Hub Manager to engage with community stakeholders and work with research staff to enroll racially and ethnically diverse participants in UW Pain Hub clinical research studies. The opioid epidemic has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States. However, minority populations continue to be underrepresented in pain research.
This research is part of the NIH’s Helping to End Addiction Long-term (HEAL) Initiative’s Early Phase Pain Investigations Clinical Network (EPPIC-Net). The goal of EPPIC-Net is to enhance the treatment of acute and chronic pain and reduce the reliance on opioids by accelerating early-phase clinical trials of non-addictive pain treatments. EPPIC-Net consists of a Data Coordinating Center (DCC), Clinical Coordinating Center (CCC), and 12 specialized clinical centers (SCCs).
University of Washington’s “UW Pain Hub”, spearheaded by investigators in the Department of Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine, is one of the network’s SCCs. The UW Pain Hub recently received supplemental funding to create a community-engagement infrastructure in King County to reach priority populations and address the critical health concerns of community stakeholders.
The Community Engagement Research Coordinator (CERC) will work with the UW Pain Hub Manager and will report to Dr. Kushang Patel. The CERC will work in collaboration with multiple faculty and Principal Investigators (PIs).
This position will be instrumental in creating the EPPIC-Net Community Advisory Board and assisting EPPIC-Net study leads in implementing recruitment and enrollment strategies that promote research participant diversity. The CERC will receive formal training in community engagement and reducing bias in research procedures through the Institute of Translational Health Sciences. This individual will be responsible for identifying and implementing activities demonstrated to increase the diversity of EPPIC-Net study participants. The CERC will assist in educating the EPPIC-Net Clinical Research Coordinators regarding bias reduction and structural racism in research procedures. This position will coordinate engagement events and serve as a key resource for all UW EPPIC-Net Hub and Spoke team members. This position will meet regularly with research teams to provide training on recommended engagement and recruitment strategies, support team efforts to engage community partners, and assist in implementing recommended strategies. The CERC will work closely with Dr. Cole to assess the impact of the EPPIC-Net Community Engagement team activities on research participant diversity and implicit bias in the research team.
UW is the birthplace of modern pain medicine and is home to the world’s first multidisciplinary pain clinic that opened in 1961, serving as a model for the study and treatment of acute and chronic pain.
The “Helping to End Addiction Long-term” (HEAL) Initiative is funding $945 million in 375 funding awards to researchers in 41 states. The surge in opioid prescriptions has fueled an addiction crisis that has taken more than 400,000 lives over the past 20 years. The opioid epidemic has disproportionately affected racial and ethnic minority populations in the United States. The University of Washington EPPIC-Net Hub is uniquely poised to engage diverse racial and ethnic minority communities in the Pacific Northwest and implement evidence-based approaches to increase minority population participation in EPPIC-Net clinical trials. The CERC will be instrumental in accomplishing these goals.
Community Engagement Activities (55%)
The CERC will be instrumental in building the infrastructure for engaging diverse patients suffering from chronic pain to advise on research design and implementation, thus further engaging diverse populations and incorporating traditionally silenced voices into the forefront of the research study process. •Engage community organizations to create the EPPIC-Net Community Advisory Board/Steering Committee comprised of representatives from the Community Health Board Coalition, which represent up to 15 unique underserved communities in the Pacific Northwest •Conduct listening sessions with community members to elicit community health priorities in the area of chronic pain, as well as understand facilitators and barriers to research participation •Conduct interviews with racially and ethnically diverse patients to understand potential facilitators and barriers to research participation as well as to identify patient priorities in EPPIC-Net research topics and outcomes of importance to patients •Organize, coordinate, and prepare presentations for community engagement events •Work with leadership to develop an action plan for outreach and engagement •Train with ITHS’ Community Engagement and Integrating Special Populations programs to gain resources to successfully recruit and retain minority populations Data Collection and Analysis 25% •Transcribe and analyze qualitative interview data using a content analysis approach •Help create a research participant demographics reporting form to be completed quarterly for all EPPIC-Net studies in active recruitment •Assist the PI with analyzing the impact of the EPPIC-Net Community Engagement team activities on research participant diversity and implicit bias in the research team Recruitment Activities 20% •Assist with recruitment and enrollment of study participants, implementing strategies that promote research participant diversity; ensure they meet study protocols •Regularly meet with research teams to provide training on recommended engagement and recruitment strategies •Create and facilitate recruitment materials tailored towards specific groups •Represent the UW Pain Hub at EPPIC-Net recruitment and feasibility working groups
•Education: Bachelor’s degree in public health or related field. •Type and Years of Experience: 1 or more years’ experience with clinical research coordination; •Equivalent work experience may be substituted for education.
•Strong interpersonal skills; a cooperative team player •Strong communication skills (verbal and written) •Culturally sensitive to potential human subjects and study participants •Professional demeanor and ability to maintain strict patient confidentiality •Ability to quickly learn new software and technologies •Strong project management and organizational skills; able to multi-task and prioritize workload effectively; attentive to administrative details •Demonstrated ability to think independently and to meet deadlines •Proficient with the Microsoft office suite, including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
•Master’s degree in public health or related field. •Bilingual and/or bicultural •Familiarity with clinical research procedures (subject recruitment, enrollment, consent, data collection)
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