University of Pennsylvania CLINICAL RESEARCH COORD A in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Posting Details

Posting Details

Reference Number 40-23807


School Name Perelman School of Medicine

Org DM-General Internal Medicine

Posted to the Web 10/06/2016

Posted Job/Salary Grade 025

Employment Type Exempt

Hours 40.00

Position Type Full Time

Position Schedule 8:30-5

Months 12

Position Length Ongoing

Position End Date

University Overview

The University of Pennsylvania, the largest private employer in Philadelphia, is a world-renowned leader in education, research, and innovation. This historic, Ivy League school consistently ranks among the top 10 universities in the annual U.S. News & World Report survey. Penn has 12 highly-regarded schools that provide opportunities for undergraduate, graduate and continuing education, all influenced by Penn’s distinctive interdisciplinary approach to scholarship and learning.

Penn offers a unique working environment within the city of Philadelphia. The University is situated on a beautiful urban campus, with easy access to a range of educational, cultural, and recreational activities. With its historical significance and landmarks, lively cultural offerings, and wide variety of atmospheres, Philadelphia is the perfect place to call home for work and play.

The University offers a competitive benefits package that includes excellent healthcare and tuition benefits for employees and their families, generous retirement benefits, a wide variety of professional development opportunities, supportive work and family benefits, a wealth of health and wellness programs and resources, and much more.


IMPaCT is 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 was developed by the Penn Center for Community Health Workers, a community-academic collaboration funded by the University of Pennsylvania Health System (UPHS). IMPaCT was tested in a randomized controlled trial of 446 patients and found to improve a variety of post-hospital outcomes including access to care, mental health and recurrent hospital readmission. This study was published in JAMA Internal Medicine. The Penn Center for CHWs has received national attention as a leader in advancing evidence-based models for CHW care, and has been featured in media such as the Washington Post, National Public Radio (NPR), and Forbes magazine. More information about the Penn Center for CHWs can be found on our website: 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 an intellectually-curious and driven individual to provide qualitative research and administrative support for the Penn Center for CHWs. He/She will report directly to the PCCHW Executive Director, Dr. Shreya Kangovi, a physician-investigator in the Division of General Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine. The position will require engagement in various aspects of the Principal Investigator’s research protocols from study start-up to close-out, leading community-based participatory research (CBPR) efforts, engaging in multiple studies of varying methodology (qualitative interviews, randomized controlled trials, quality improvement), and mentoring students. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for leading CBPR efforts for Dr. Kangovi’s research studies. This will include involvement in multiple studies, leading qualitative aspects of studies, and helping with study design and regulatory reports. This individual will also be responsible for the oversight of the human subject recruitment process for qualitative interviews, including screening, recruiting, consenting, and interviewing participants. Research duties include but are not limited to helping with preparation, modification, and renewal of IRB protocols, obtaining informed consent, data collection, planning and implementation of study protocols, providing maintenance of study databases, tracking and assurance of timely follow-ups with enrolled participants, and preparation of data for analysis. The Research Coordinator will assist the Principal Investigator with the preparation of materials for presentation at scientific meetings, scholarly manuscripts, and other correspondence related to the project. Administrative duties will include implementation and evaluation of the IMPaCT Teaching Service, assisting with the preparation of scholarly manuscripts and coordinating correspondence with community organizations and stakeholders. Beyond the research and administrative responsibilities described above, the Research Coordinator will additionally be expected to lead patient engagement efforts for Dr. Kangovi’s research studies and for the center for CHWs, including organizing patient advisory boards, creating relationships with community organizations and community partners and other stakeholders within the West Philadelphia and Southwest Philadelphia Community.Position is contingent on continued funding.


A bachelor’s degree and 1-3 years of experience in community engagement and CBPR, or equivalent combination of education and experience, is required. Clinical Research and qualitative interview experience required. Long-time resident of West or Southwest Philadelphia and good knowledge of the resources of these communities preferred. Ideal candidate must be comfortable with home visits and community outreach. An interest in health disparities and health policy research preferred.

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Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.

Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.

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