Graduate Research Assistants needed for Community Population Health Initiative Focusing on Childhood Physical Activity
College of Public Health, University of Nebraska Medical Center
We are seeking Graduate Research Assistants to join our team examining community development, physical activity, nutrition and health promotion for children. The GRA position will contribute to an innovative 5-year community randomized trial funded by the National Cancer Institute titled Whole-of-Community Systems Intervention for Youth Population Physical Activity (RO1R01CA215420-01A1). Successful applicants will also have the opportunity to participate on other projects that target community population health and child development in child care, elementary schools, and middle schools, which are funded by the USDA, NIH, and foundations.
The work will be under the guidance of Professor and Endowed Community Chair, David Dzewaltowski. Graduate Research Assistants should initiate the application process by submitting a letter of application and vita directly to firstname.lastname@example.org. Students will have the opportunity to participate in M.P.H. and Ph.D. curriculum opportunities in health promotion and disease prevention research or medical sciences interdepartmental emphasis areas.
Our work is housed in the University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health and the Buffett Early Childhood Institute at the University of Nebraska and is supported by an endowment. The team contributes to three overarching aims: 1) Contribution to social ecological systems theory development; 2) Evaluation of population health community-wide and organization (child care, schools, after-school program, youth clubs, youth sport) systems development strategies to improve childhood development, physical activity, nutrition, and obesity; and (3) Identification of the distribution and determinants of inequities in community population health of children through observation of community and organization systems. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to contribute to all aims, with in-depth focused work on one aim.
Within the team, there are opportunities to develop skills, such as quantitative data collection (observation and accelerometry) and analysis; qualitative data collection and analysis; and peer review paper, report, and grant writing skills. Collaborating investigators on active projects are associated with the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, University of Nebraska Medical Center, College of Public Health (Paul Estabrooks, Brandon Grimm, Jennie Hill, Abbie Raikes, Athena Ramos), UNMC and the Gretchen Swanson Center for Nutrition (Amy Yaroch), Kansas State University (Richard Rosenkranz, George Milliken), Iowa State University (Cornelia Flora, Greg Welk), and Louisiana State University (Senlin Chen).