Researcher 1 – Dakota Community (348522)
(Job Posting ID: 348522)
Memory Keepers Medical Discovery Team (MK-MDT) conducts research on dementia and its associated risks and co-morbidities in collaboration with Indigenous and rural communities. Our research addresses dementia disparities by examining how culture and community-specific context shape Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (ADRD) illness experiences in Indigenous populations.
The MK-MDT is hiring one Community-based Researcher who lives and works in (Shakopee Mdewakanton, Prairie Island Indian Community, Upper Sioux Community, or the Lower Sioux Indian Community), Minnesota. This position is a full- time, one-year contract with possibility of renewal. The Community Researcher will have key responsibilities for research projects focused on dementia. The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of health services and have an interest in dementia in Minnesota and will undertake the specific research activities to help with the timely completion of research projects.
- Act as liaison between the researchers and the Tribal community, as well as the Tribal Council.
- Work with the leadership to obtain Tribal Council Resolutions and Motions of Support to conduct the research and provide regular project updates to Health Directors and Leadership.
- Coordinate and facilitate Community Advisory Member meetings.
- Be involved in MKMDT team meetings and community researcher meetings.
- Be involved in all aspects of the research process such as relationship building, recruitment, data collection, analysis, and dissemination.
- Adhere to ethical data storage and management practices for all project related data.
- Collect community level data such as demographics, health status and health services that can be made available.
- Attend community events and answer any questions related to the research.
- Conduct key informant interviews, in depth interviews and facilitation of focus groups.
- Assist with member checking with participants and Community Advisory Group members.
- Contribute to developing presentations and presenting findings to various audiences (local, regional, national, and international)
- BA/BS or a combination of related education and experience to equal 4 years
- Ability to travel, valid Minnesota Driver’s License
- Tribal member of Shakopee Mdewakanton, Prairie Island Indian Community, Upper Sioux Community, or the Lower Sioux Indian Community
- Ability to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team
- Knowledge of dementia services or programs at the community, tribal, state, and federal level
- Experience working with Indigenous people diagnosed with dementia
About the Department
The mission of the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus is to be a national leader in improving healthcare access and outcomes in rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities.
We do this by:
Educating medical students dedicated to serving rural Minnesota and American Indian/Alaska Native communities
Fostering excellence in research
Emphasizing the training of physicians in Family Medicine
Creating strong partnerships locally, regionally, nationally and internationally
Working in innovative, interdisciplinary and inter-professional teams
Working at the University
At the University of Minnesota, you’ll find a flexible work environment and supportive colleagues who are interested in lifelong learning. We prioritize work-life balance, allowing you to invest in the future of your career and in your life outside of work.
The University also offers a comprehensive benefits package that includes:
- Competitive wages, paid holidays, and generous time off
- Continuous learning opportunities through professional training and degree-seeking programs supported by the Regents Scholarship
- Low-cost medical, dental, and pharmacy plans
- Healthcare and dependent care flexible spending accounts
- University HSA contributions
- Disability and employer-paid life insurance
- Employee wellbeing program
- Excellent retirement plans with employer contribution
- Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) opportunity
- Financial counseling services
- Employee Assistance Program with eight sessions of counseling at no cost
Please visit the Office of Human Resources website for more information regarding benefits.
How to Apply
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