Job Overview: Candidate will be responsible for assisting in the final stages of a Robert Wood Johnson Healthy Eating Research Grant. This individual will aid Dr. Alison Tovar and a team of stakeholders from Ohio, Oklahoma, and North Carolina to provide support for this program.
Grant Information: Although Head Start (HS), a federally funded preschool program, collects children’s anthropometric data, and communicates obesity risk to families across the US, there are no standards or protocols guiding how to collect these data and communicate it in a sensitive way to families. Ensuring accuracy of these data is critical to childhood obesity surveillance efforts. In addition, how families receive this information is also important to avoid weight stigmatization and support appropriate referral and follow-up. The goal of this project is to develop and test the acceptability and feasibility of a quality improvement toolkit for measurement of obesity risk in HS and to describe best practices on how to best communicate this information with families.
Job Responsibilities: The individual will attend remote meetings with Head Start stakeholders and project team members, help coordinate meeting agendas/speaking points, and take notes. They will assist the team in crafting a process paper to be submitted to Implementation Science by the end of June (2023). Additionally, the candidate will aid in the completion of HER grant materials for submission, including a toolkit webinar, peer-reviewed publication, and research/policy brief. Lastly, the public health student will work with the HS stakeholders and advisory group panel to develop a best-practice recommendations document that can be utilized by Head Start programs nationwide.
Job Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree required. Public Health student qualification preferred. Experience in nutrition and/or anthropometric measurement preferred.
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