Professional Research Assistant

Job description

University of Colorado Denver

Anschutz Medical Campus

Colorado School of Public Health

Department of Community and Behavioral Health

Colorado Cancer Screening Program

Professional Research Assistant

Program Coordinator


The Colorado School of Public Health has an opening for a full-time Professional Research Assistant (PRA) who will be primarily responsible for assisting with promoting preventive cancer screening and increasing screening rates among the medically underserved. This position works with the Colorado Cancer Screening Program (CCSP) and affiliated CDC funded initiatives for preventive cancer screening housed at the University of Colorado Cancer Center. The grant supported programs collaborate with safety clinics and their service partners statewide to implement evidence based interventions for preventive cancer screening to medically underserved individuals focusing on patient navigation as the primary activity. The PRA will work with the Program Director and other program personnel to help design and carry out interventions to increase cancer screening rates (specific focus on breast, cervical, colorectal, lung cancer and also family history and genetic screening for high risk families) and examine sustainability of the role and function of patient navigation. The incumbent will help the clinics develop improved practices for patient navigation, will assist with education and training of clinic personnel, provide technical assistance, and will ensure they guide patients through preventive cancer screening. The incumbent will also work with community organizations, such as local public health agencies and will be responsible for coordinating activities for training, screening and for monitoring progress in screening goals. The PRA will work closely with the program's clinical teams, administrative leadership, partners in evaluation and training efforts The PRA will collaborate with other programs such as the American Cancer Society, Rocky Mountain Public Health Training Center, regional and national organizations to examine evidence based interventions and sustainability approaches. Weekend and off hour activities are sometimes required. Some overnight travel may also be required.


This position will be supervised by Director, Andrea Dwyer, Colorado Cancer Screening Program


Possible mentor/preceptor of student MPH workers, no direct supervision of permanent staff


Coordination of Program Teams

• Serve as lead in project management of grant related activities

• Coordinate and schedule meetings across several teams and agencies

• Organize routine meetings with program teams to meet primary goals and objectives

• Ensure coordination approaches to maintain momentum of team and meet the goals of short and longer term objectives

• Serve as primary liaison for the participating safety net clinics, evaluation and health system teams for implementation and evaluation strategies related to screening and sustainability.

Project planning and implementation

  • Coordinate and facilitate discussions with program leadership and key opinion leaders in the area of evidence based interventions related to preventive cancer screening and patient navigation
  • Help design and carry out interventions to increase cancer screening rates by helping the clinics to develop and improve practices for patient navigation and care coordination for the medically underserved
  • Work with subject matter experts and Assist in developing and carrying out training of clinic personnel about evidence-based strategies to increase colorectal cancer screening.
  • Assist in the development of educational materials and teaching tools and supplements for use by the safety net clinics as well as working with community organizations, such as local public health agencies for interventions to promote CRC screening and measure their effectiveness
  • Collaborate with other programs such as the Colorado Cancer Coalition, the American Cancer Society, CDPHE regional and national organizations.

Data collection and analysis
  • Review and abstract information from literature, client grantees or other sources
  • Carry out scientific literature reviews of the efficacy of patient navigation as an effective mechanism to increase colorectal cancer screening
  • Carry out scientific literature reviews of effective health intervention studies to promote cancer screening
  • Carry out scientific literature review and identify policies and practices that increase screening rates in safety net settings

Program evaluation activities using qualitative and quantitative techniques
  • Help collect, analyze data and generate reports that aid the program and clinics meet clinical quality standards and carry out quality improvement activities associated with cancer screening
  • Provide technical assistance to community clinic personnel to assure proper data collection, data entry and submission
  • Provide backup assistance as needed for program evaluator in web based data collection
  • Assist in development of reports, visual presentations, monthly, quarterly and annual reports and grant applications


  • Demonstrated skills in project implementation of multiple activities simultaneously
  • Strong communication skills including oral presentation skills, public health writing and editing for lay or professional audiences.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with various people within the public health community
  • Experience in promotion of screening programs and or patient navigation- including generation and publication of print material
  • Demonstrated skills in data collection, management and analysis skills
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office products
  • Outstanding communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Ability to thrive in highly active, multitasking environment
  • Ability to maintain excellent working relationship with partners


The salary range for this position has been established at $48,000-$55,000 and actual salary is commensurate with education and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located at

The University of Colorado Denver is dedicated to ensuring a safe and secure environment for our faculty, staff, students and visitors. To assist in achieving that goal, we conduct background investigations for all prospective employees.

The University of Colorado strongly supports the principle of diversity. We encourage applications from women, ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities and all veterans. The University of Colorado is committed to diversity and equality in education and employment.

The Immigration Reform and Control Act requires that verification of employment eligibility be documented for all new employees by the end of the third day of work. Alternative formats of this ad are available upon request for persons with disabilities.



  • Bachelors in Public Health or Science in Public Health or related field
  • Or any Bachelors degree with two or more years' experience in research or public health practice or clinical practice
  • Demonstrated ability to manage and complete multiple, ongoing assignments
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in a strong team environment
  • Must have the ability to lift up to 25 pound boxes
  • Must have reliable transportation and valid Colorado Driver's license and ability to travel statewide

  • Master's in Public Health or Masters of Science in Public Health
  • One (or more) years of experience in cancer control or colorectal cancer screening
  • Experience working with safety net community clinics to carry out colorectal cancer screening
  • One (or more) years of experience in patient navigation, community health work or care coordination in safety net clinics-Prior publication of technical report/ manuscripts and/or presentations of research
  • Experience with healthcare environment
  • Bilingual and/or bicultural

Special Instructions to Applicants:Questions should be directed to Andrea Dwyer at [email protected]

Application Materials Required:Cover Letter, Resume/CV, List of References

Application Materials Instructions:A review of the application material will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants must apply online at . Please do not submit any of your application material (via email) to the job posting contact. APPLICANTS MUST INCLUDE: 1. A cover letter which specifically addresses the job requirements and outlines qualifications 2. A current CV/resume 3. The names, addresses, daytime telephone numbers and e-mail addresses for three to five professional references in a separate document.

Job Category: Faculty

Primary Location: Aurora

Department: H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus - 21424 - CSPH-CBH General Ops

Schedule: Full-time

Posting Date: May 7, 2018

Closing Date: Ongoing

Posting Contact Name: Andrea Dwyer

Posting Contact Email: [email protected]

Position Number: 00745711





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Posted: 5/8/2018
Application Due: 6/28/2018
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