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Research Assistant

Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Dec 20, 2021

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Health & Medicine, Other Health & Medicine, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Research Administration, Business & Administrative Affairs, Community Relations & Institutional Outreach, Student Affairs, Health Services
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Study Outreach Worker will be responsible for recruiting women who inject drugs (WWID) participating in a large HIV prevention study funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse. The purpose of this research is to understand if and how addressing traumatic violent experiences and substance use helps women reduce HIV-related risk behaviors over time. The Outreach Worker will work closely with the study Principal Investigator, the study coordinator, and the PrEP Clinic staff. This position will be based at Prevention Point Philadelphia, and within the surrounding neighborhood of Kensington, Philadelphia.

Essential Functions
  • The Study Outreach Worker will be responsible for recruiting new study participants, screening women for study eligibility, providing a warm hand-off to PrEP clinic staff, explaining study procedures to new participants, obtaining informed consent, promoting and maintaining participant confidentiality as required by university and federal policy, entering data into electronic medical records, and documenting study visits in REDcap, a secure web application for building and managing online surveys and databases.
Required Qualifications
  • HS Diploma or GED
  • At least one-year work experience with communities impacted by HIV/AIDS, hepatitis C, substance use, poverty, and/or homelessness.
  • • Strong commitment to social justice, harm reduction, and trauma-informed care
    • Knowledgeable about HIV, HIV testing, and pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP)
    • Strong interpersonal skills, specifically conflict resolution and de-escalation
    • Strong leadership and communication skills
    • Collaborative approach to work and ability to work in a multi-person, interdisciplinary team
    • Ability to communicate effectively with persons of varying educational, socioeconomic, and cultural backgrounds
    • Proficient using Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Outlook, etc.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Bilingual (Spanish and English) preferred

    Other considerations:
    • This position is full time and is exempt from the overtime provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act
    • Some weekend and/or evening shifts will be required
    • Applicants should have transportation to/from Drexel University and to Prevention Point Philadelphia in Kensington
    • This position will be based at Prevention Point Philadelphia in Kensington
    • We welcome applicants who have lived experience

    Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL): The Health Equity Advancement Lab (HEAL) at the Dornsife School of Public Health at Drexel University uses community-engaged research methods to understand how individual and social factors impact drug use, sexual health, and access to health care. Our goal is to use this information to support the creation, implementation, and dissemination of evidence-based behavioral and structural interventions that improve the well-being of vulnerable and marginalized groups. Please visit for more information about HEAL.

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Additional Information Special Instructions to the Applicant
  • Please make sure you upload your CV/resume and cover letter when submitting your application.
Advertised:Dec 20 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close:Jan 20 2022 Eastern Standard Time

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