The mission of the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is to improve the well-being of vulnerable individuals and communities, advance social and economic justice, and eradicate pressing societal problems in complex and culturally diverse urban environments throughout Southern California, the nation and the world. Our mission is achieved through value-driven, scholarly and creative social work education, research, and professional leadership.
Serving a population of over 500 employees that are located across the country, the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work is seeking a bilingual (English/ Spanish) Research Project Interviewer to assist with the daily operations of a newly funded grant, Disparities in Health Among Floating Immigrant Populations. This project aims to address this knowledge gap by examining the mechanisms by which immigration processes expose individuals to distinct environments, increases susceptibility to risk behaviors and contributes to mental and physical health disparities, infectious diseases and alcohol/drug dependence in the host or origin communities.Â
The main objectives of this study are: 1) Determine the prevalence of physical health (cardiovascular, metabolic dysregulation), mental health, infection, and substance abuse/dependence outcomes, 2) Identify and characterize the association between migration histories and health outcomes for the subgroups of floating populations, 3) Determine whether individual, social and environmental determinants mediate and/or moderate the relationships among the migration subgroups and varying health condition outcomes, and 4) Characterize the cultural and community context and their influence on strategies, practices and circumstances for maintaining safer (or riskier) health status and substance use.
Accountabilities include, but not limited to:
Recruitment of participants
Scheduling of interviews
Developing rapport with participants
Collection of biological specimens such as blood and urine. This will require a Phlebotomy Certification should the incumbent need to collect samples.
Conducting surveys and ethnographic interviews
Other duties, as assignedÂ
Field work will take place in East LA, South LA, and Pacoima. Candidate will be trained in pre and post-test HIV counseling, risk reduction counseling, and obtaining informed consent.Â The Research Project Interviewer will work under the Research Coordinator and will assist the Research Coordinator in all other recruitment and data collection tasks. They will be required to participate in bi-weekly research meetings with the Los Angeles-based research team.Â
Preferred Education and Qualifications:
Fluent in English and Spanish â ability to read, write, and speak.
Bachelorâs Degree in Social Science field, such as Social Work, Public Health, or other related discipline.
1+ year of research experience.
Previous recruitment experience for social science research studies.
Prior experience conducting research in, or familiarity, with immigrant communities.
Comfortable working with diverse populations.
Ability to be flexible in accepting work assignments.
Strong organizational and prioritization skills.
Strong interpersonal and verbal communication skills.
A strong candidate will have strong communication skills, be dependable, a self-starter, able to work both independently and with a team, in a fast paced and high-volume work environment, with deadline pressures.
Position Details: *This is a Fixed-Term, Grant/Gift Funded, Part-Time position (18.75 hours/ week) through June 30, 2023.
We look forward to reviewing your application!
Minimum Education: High school or equivalentMinimum Experience: 0 - 6 monthsMinimum Field of Expertise: Knowledge of data collection procedures and some experience with data analysis. Excellent interpersonal skills needed for interaction with participants.
Internal Number: REQ20089645
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