UT Health Research Assistant I- Bilingual (Casual) in Brownsville, Texas

Research Assistant I- Bilingual (Casual)

Brownsville, Texas


UTHealth School of Public Health

Requisition #: 190000AS

Consistently ranked among the

best places to work, The University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHealth)

is Texas' resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery

and excellence in patient care. As

a comprehensive health science university, the mission of The University of

Texas Health Science Center is to educate health science professionals,

discover and translate advances in the biomedical and social sciences, and

model the best practices in clinical care and public health. We

pursue this mission in order to advance the quality of human life by enhancing

the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of disease and injury, as well as

promoting individual health and community well-being.

Department: School of Public Health

Status: Part Time- Casual

FLSA: Non-Exempt

Position Summary:

The UT Health Science

Center-School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus is implementing

various projects to cover a variety of topics including health information

exchange, diabetes self-management, quality improvement, patient centered medical

homes, Wagner’s Chronic Care Model, patient navigation, and community wide

campaigns. One of these projects is the MEND project and we are currently

hiring a Research Assistant to be part of the MEND project team.

MEND (Mind, Exercise,

Nutrition, Do It!) is a social enterprise, established to enable a significant,

measurable and sustained reduction in childhood overweight and obesity levels.

MEND 7–13, is a multicomponent 10-week program designed for youth ages 7 to 13

and their parents or caregivers. MEND 2 – 5 is for younger children and their

parents or caregivers. The Program equips families with the knowledge,

tools and skills to lead fitter, healthier and happier lives.

The Research Assistant

will be responsible for successfully delivering exercise sessions to the MEND

youth participants over the intervention period. The research assistant’s

ability to coach, engage and connect with the MEND children, while maintaining

a positive and disciplined environment, is an integral factor in the success of

the Program.

Selected applicants will

be joining a highly motivated team to assist in expanding services throughout

the region using the best models of care.

Position KeyAccountabilities:

· Leads the exercise

sessions for the youth participants according to protocol

· Participates in the two

Healthy Growth Check sessions, collects and records accurate data

· Participates in the

Group Reward session planned by the families

· Leads Sustainable

Outcome Post-Program Physical Activity Sessions according to protocol

· If necessary, substitute

for Mind and Theory Leader to deliver session to families

· Other duties as assigned


  • General knowledge ofresearch fields.

Minimum Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree orrelevant experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

  • No years of experience.


  • Background in healthpromotion, exercise science, fitness, or related field

  • Background in workingwith children, group-work with children is strongly preferred

  • Experience with CATCH orSPARK programs a plus

  • Group facilitationskills and experience, especially with youth and families, are stronglypreferred

  • Experience working withoverweight/obese populations a plus

  • Ability to motivate andinspire children and groups

  • Current CPR/First Aidcertification

  • Bilingual in Spanish

Physical Requirements:

  • Exerts up to 20 poundsof force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds constantly and/or a negligibleamount constantly to move objects.

  • This position may include work involving potentially hazardous chemical,biological or radioactive agents.

Security Sensitive:

  • This job class maycontain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to theprovisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

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