The Penn Center for Community Health is a nationally recognized hum for Community Health Worker (CHW) research, patient care, and dissemination. The Center’s mission is to improve health in high risk populations through the effective use of Community Health Workers (CHWs). The Center developed IMPaCT, an innovative, evidence-based health care delivery model for improving health outcomes among socioeconomically vulnerable, high-risk patients. In the IMPaCT model, Community Health Workers (CHWs) provide structured advocacy, social support and navigation to high-risk patients in order to help them reach their health goals. CHWs are trained laypeople who share life circumstances (race, socioeconomic status, language, etc.) with their patients. They are natural helpers within the community.
IMPaCT has served more than 8,000 people in Philadelphia and has been shown to improve patients’ post hospital primary care access, chronic disease control, and mental health, while reducing hospital days by 65 percent. More than 1,000 organizations have accessed our CHW toolkit, and we provide technical assistance to help organizations around the country create, launch, and sustain effective CHW programs. Our Center is part of the University of Pennsylvania Health System and the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.
Data is crucial to the IMPaCT model. We use a variety of data sources to identify high-risk patients in real-time, to ensure that IMPaCT is effective in improving patient outcomes, and to understand how IMPaCT is working and how it may be improved. We are looking for a meticulous, intellectually curious and driven individual to serve as an IMPaCT Research Assistant. The Research Assistant will report to a Clinical Research Coordinator (CRC) and assist the CRC in the provision of strategic support for multiple Community Health Worker (CHW) care teams embedded within both inpatient and outpatient settings.
Principal research responsibilities pertain to supporting a grant-funded project titled The Engage Study that tests the impacts of digital financial incentives and community health worker (CHW) support on diabetes outcomes. The IMPaCT Research Assistant (RA) will help with participant screening, recruitment, enrollment, and follow up. They will help with chart reviews ensuring participants receive payment in a timely fashion and ensuring compliance to all regulatory protocols. This will encompass 75 percent if their time. In addition, the RA will support the Clinical Research Coordinator and Principal Investigator in the conduct of data driven quality improvement (QI) initiatives within the Penn Center for CHWs. The RA may provide clinical support for PCCHW, including daily screening and enrollment of high-risk patients who meet the criteria to receive the IMPaCT intervention as part of their routine care. The RA may also provide evaluation support measuring outcomes of IMPaCT patients using both qualitative and quantitative methods, including assisting the CRC with gathering information using validated data collection instruments (open-ended and closed-ended surveys). The RA will also assist with ongoing research projects within the Penn Center for CHWs relating to the use of CHWs to improve health outcomes.
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