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A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.

Job Summary

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 multicomponent text messaging intervention to reduce blood pressure among hypertensive patients evaluated in an Emergency Department in Flint, Michigan.


The University of Michigan Stroke Program has several programs with the goal of addressing health disparities in stroke prevention, treatment and outcomes. We are starting recruitment for our community intervention in the Emergency Department of Hurley Medical Center. The primary focus of this position will be research subject recruitment and follow- up outcome visits.


The REACH OUT research associate will be responsible for screening eligibility of potential subjects; providing knowledgeable information regarding REACH OUT protocol to the patients and medical staff; evaluating the eligibility of potential subjects; obtaining informed consent; training subjects in REACH OUT text messaging; collecting and submitting data; subject appointment scheduling for primary care physicians; scheduling outcome assessments (possibly in community centers, libraries, or homes, in which case research assistants may go in pairs). Additional responsibilities at outcome visits include administering a survey with participants; taking blood pressure with an automated blood pressure cuff; ensuring medication information is collected and recorded. Good communication skills, reliability, and ability to work independently are necessary to be successful in this position. This person needs to demonstrate strong organizational skills, follow directions, and work well both individually and in pairs/teams.


  • High school diploma or GED required
  • Be able to work both independently, and in teams
  • Be able to work without direct supervision
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Good interpersonal and communication skills
  • Comfortable taking blood pressure with an automated cuff

Desired Qualifications*

  • BA/BS degree in, public health, psychology, nursing or other clinical research-related area or equivalent education and experience required
  • Research or medical experience
  • Familiarity with Flint

Work Schedule

Flexible hours

Additional information: Your work schedule in this position is a bit flexible. We would prefer full-time, but for the right candidate we will consider part-time. The typical day will be a 7-8 hour shift, between 8am to 11pm. 

Work Locations

Flint, Michigan

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.