Community Research Advisor

Website UConn Health Disparities Institute

As a community member, you are an expert in the things that impact the health and well-being of your
community. We are looking for a team of community research advisors to work with us on a public health
research and planning project focused on health equity.

We want to work with people in communities impacted by racism. This includes, but is not limited to, Black,
Indigenous, and people of color, LGBTQ+ peoples, and people living with disabilities. We define racism as a
system of advantage based on race.

As a community research advisor you will:

  • Work with the Health Disparities Institute.
  • Be a member of a community research team.
  • Participate in a series of research trainings and planning meetings.
  • Work on a statewide community assessment.
  • Share information to inform a statewide strategic plan to inform policy change.

Our partners for this project are the state of CT Commission on Racial Equity in Public Health and the UConn
Health Disparities Institute.

Project Goals:

  • Develop and report on findings and recommendations from a statewide community-informed
    assessment to state agencies and policymakers to reduce and eliminate racial health disparities in
    Connecticut.
  • Develop and regularly update a strategic plan to eliminate racial health disparities in Connecticut.

Responsibilities:

  • Participate in a virtual (Zoom-based) or in person community-based participatory research training.
  • Attend regular project team meetings.
  • Co-design plans and materials for two phases of statewide focus groups and surveys, including detailed
    plans for outreach and recruitment.
  • Advise on all aspects of the statewide mixed-methods community input assessment.
  • Assist with analyzing and interpreting findings of assessment.
  • Co-develop recommendations that will inform strategic planning for Commission on Racial Equity in
    Public Health.
  • Co-present project plans, progress, and recommendations to Commission on Racial Equity in Public
    Health members.
  • Provide feedback on training program if you decide to participate in program evaluation. If yes, then
    your information will be recorded anonymously to improve the program.
  • If applicable, provide translation for focus groups and surveys.

Time Commitment

  • Training will be over 1-2 days, likely a weekend, or over 3 evenings or day-time meetings during the
    week at beginning of project. It will be in person or virtual. We will ask for your availability and
    preferences on the application. We will decide after reviewing this information.

    • Please note that we will do a program evaluation of the training to get your feedback to
      improve the program. Your participation is optional and voluntary. We will ask about your
      decision on whether to participate in the evaluation at the beginning of our project together.
      You can change your mind at any time.
  • After completion of training, average 5 hours per week until June 30, 2025.
  • A schedule for the entire project will be provided at the beginning of the project.

Eligibility Requirements

  • At least 18 years old
  • Living or working in a CT community directly affected by racism and racial inequities
  • Commit to the entire project from spring 2024 through June 30, 2025
  • Willing to work independently and as part of a team
  • Eligible to work in the U.S.

Payment:

  • $500 per month or $23/hour
  • Additional payment provided for work conducted in more than one language. For example, data
    collection and analysis in a language other than English.

To apply: https://forms.gle/PzPibPN3HHEriBez7

Applications are due March 27th, 2024

To apply for this job please visit health.uconn.edu.