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Job Summary

The Division of Learning and Knowledge Systems within the Department of Learning Health Sciences is currently seeking a highly motivated individual to work as a research coordinator on a large randomized controlled trial involving people with diabetes in Southeast Michigan. This study focuses on examining social support for diabetes within the construct of churches in the community. Candidates will be expected to perform independently as well as part of a team and will be absolutely integral to the successful completion of this study. 


1. Responsible for assisting in and facilitating diabetes self-management education and support initiatives under the supervision of the principal investigator, co-investigators, and study coordinator 
  • Deliver diabetes self-management education (DSME) in 7-10 churches in Southeast, Michigan. DSME consists of 4-6 weekly group sessions where the research coordinator will meet with diabetes patients to ascertain their problems, priorities and goals using the Empowerment approach to diabetes education. 
  • Collaborate with patients to develop individualized patient self- management plans.
  • Establish and maintain liaison with a variety of health care delivery and human service personnel through Southeast Michigan.
  • Help to coordinate recruitment of patients in approximately 20 churches in Southeast Michigan.
  • Oversee the work in the churches in which the research coordinator is assigned.
  • Participate in site selection and administrative arrangements for churches.
  • Help to complete entry of data. 
2. Collaborate with Diabetes Team 
  • Be a resource to team members, peer leaders, parish nurses, and other church personnel for study start up issues and scientific knowledge of the research protocols.
  • Assess diabetes-related needs of underserved communities.
  • Identify diabetes prevention and diabetes management resources in underserved communities.
  • Participate in community outreach/public relations events. 
3. Interpersonal Relationships/Communication Skills 
  • Communicates the program and its findings to professionals and lay public.
  • Communicates appropriate information to other members of the diabetes team. 
4. Professional Development 
  • Attends University of Michigan in-services.
  • Attends professional conferences and seminars. 

Required Qualifications*

  • Experience in providing diabetes care and education
  • Familiarity and experience with the Empowerment approach to diabetes care and education
  • Sensitivity to the social and health related concerns of African Americans
  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Experience in health education and/or community health
  • Able to work independently and work collaboratively as a study team. - Computer proficiency (i.e. Microsoft Word, Excel, and Power Point) 

Desired Qualifications*

  • Bachelor's degree in a related field
  • Certified Diabetes Educator (CDE)
  • 3 years research experience
  • Previous study coordinator/clinical research coordinator experience
  • Familiar with HIPAA regulations and research protocol guidelines

Work Schedule


Work Locations

Ann Arbor/Detroit area

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.