Hypertension is the most important modifiable risk factor for cardiovascular disease, the leading cause of mortality in the United States. African Americans have the highest prevalence of hypertension of any race/ethnic group in the United States, which largely contributes to their increased burden of stroke compared to non-Hispanic whites. The Emergency Department represents a traditionally missed opportunity to identify and treat hypertension, within both health care systems and difficult-to-reach populations. Reach Out is a health system focused, multicomponent, health theory based, mobile health behavioral intervention to reduce blood pressure among hypertensive patients evaluated in a safety net Emergency Department in Flint, Michigan.
The University of Michigan Stroke Program is committed to health equity. One area of focus is stroke preparedness, increasing knowledge of stroke and behavioral intent to call 911 when a stroke is witnessed. Increasing stroke preparedness will ultimately increase utilization of a time-sensitive medicine that results in decreased disability among stroke survivors. Racial and ethnic minorities have worse outcomes after stroke which may be partially attributed to their decreased use of this medicine.
The University of Michigan Stroke Program has several programs with the goal of addressing health disparities in stroke prevention, treatment and outcomes. This is an exciting time for the project as we are designing our community intervetion. The primary focus will be on material development. Possible responsibilities with the academic and community PIs and program manager may include:
• Behavioral theory development
• Developing program materials for community stroke interventions
• Social media delivery of behavioral interventions
• Additional responsibilities commensurate with experience and interest
Currently completing MPH, preferably HBHE focus
These skills are ideal, but should not exclude anyone interested from applying.
• Experience in health behavior communications and health promotion technology
• Interest in health disparities
• Experience designing, conducting research projects, ideally community-based participatory research
• Working with social media
Position starts December 20, 2017 and is expected to last up to 1 year. Work hours are 10 or less per week with some occasional meetings during the day (generally between 8:00am to 4:00pm). Position may allow for opportunity to work remotely. Pay ranges $10-14/hr depending on skills and experience.
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