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Mental Health Community Educator

Company: Vitalief Inc.
Location: Newark
Posted on: January 20, 2023

Job Description:

Why Vitalief?Vitalief, a fast-growing, innovative Research and Clinical Trial Solutions Company, is committed to identifying talented and passionate clinical research professionals to join our exceptional team as experts and active members of our clients' research efforts.
Our PEOPLE FIRST culture prioritizes personal and professional growth for OUR team. We offer the flexibility, professional growth, support, and mentorship that the highly competitive clinical research industry demands. None of this is possible without the drive and passion of our Vitalief team members. If you are interested in the clinical research profession and being part of a culture that includes transparent leadership that invests in your career progression and an innovative culture that respects and encourages your voice, then we want to speak with you!
Note: Some remote work, however, frequently commuting to and visiting different communities across Newark, Piscataway and/or New Brunswick, NJ areas.
Responsibilities:Under the direction of the Director of the Center for Genomics of Psychiatric Health & Addiction (CGPHA), is responsible for the conduct of representative studies of persons with psychiatric illness and those with no mental health diagnosis, including recruitment and enrollment of participants from diverse ethnic communities through administration of screening and clinical diagnostic instruments and surveys. Current funded research studies focus on the enrollment of minorities under-represented in research, in particular those of Latinx and African ancestry.

  • Participates as part of the enrollment team to conducting diagnostic validity and reliability standards for the use of diagnostic instruments including the DIPAD.
  • Performs semi-structured diagnostic interviews relevant to ongoing investigatory activities of the CGPHA.
  • Independently follows research protocols including administering study consent, study diagnostic instruments, providing compensation to participants and recording all data in the study database.
  • Assists with instructing and training of lower-level study raters, recruiters and phlebotomists to develop the skills necessary to perform the required functions.
  • Records all data in the study database and performing the necessary Q/C for data in the study database.
  • Participates in and leads both on-site and off-site community engagement and study recruitment activities and will maintain and/or develop networking and community relationships.
  • Designs recruitment activities to maximize access to potential participants, which may involve irregular work scheduling to match community needs and availability, requiring occasional evening and weekend work and off-site travel.
  • Keeps abreast of all pertinent federal, state and client compliance standards.
    Required Skills:
    • Master's Degree in a relevant science (i.e., public health) plus 2 years of related experience, or a Bachelor's degree in a relevant science plus 3 years of related experience.
    • Demonstrated organizational and interpersonal skills.
    • Must have access to personal transportation to conduct field activities and will need to be comfortable commuting to different communities across Newark, Piscataway and New Brunswick, NJ areas.
    • Experience and/or comfortable in mental health and interacting with and interviewing patients with Schizophrenia, bipolar or OCD for a clinical study.
    • Good communication skills, both oral and written are mandatory.
    • Demonstrated ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks.
    • Ability to attend to detail, think logically and critically evaluate and solve problems.
      Preferred Skills:
      • Bilingual (English/Spanish) and experience in the diverse ethnic communities in New Jersey.
      • Pre-existing community relationships and/or ties with groups who face additional barriers accessing healthcare and social services, and/or have demonstrated such expertise in a similar setting in past professional activities.
      • Phlebotomy certification, or willingness to take phlebotomy training course.
      • CHES - and/or MCHES - certification.
        PHYSICAL DEMANDS: Standing, sitting, walking, and reaching. Lifting, pushing and pulling up to 20lbs. Use of computer/keyboard.
        IMPORTANT NOTE: Vitalief partners with clients such as major medical centers and academic institutions that requires all on-site resources such as prospective Vitalief consultants to provide proof that they are fully vaccinated for Covid-19; inoculated annually for Influenza; and successfully pass a Mantoux Tuberculin Skin Test (TST) for Mycobacterium Tuberculosis.

Keywords: Vitalief Inc., Newark , Mental Health Community Educator, Healthcare , Newark, New Jersey

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