UT Health Research Assistant I- Public Health (Brownsville, TX) in Brownsville, Texas

Research Assistant I- Public Health (Brownsville, TX)


Brownsville, Texas


UTHealth School of Public Health

Requisition #: 180001BK

Position Summary:

The UTHealth Science Center-School of Public Health Brownsville Regional Campus is participating in the Texas Healthcare Transformation Medicaid 1115 Waiver program with plans to implement and monitor healthcare transformation in Region Health Plan 5 with the goals to improve access to care for the citizens of our region and to continuously provide the best in evidence-based healthcare. Our plans include 8 major projects that must be implemented expeditiously and monitored for reaching milestones and projected patient outcomes. Projects 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 a community wide campaign. Selected applicants will be joining a highly motivated team to assist in expanding services throughout the region using the best models of care.

Salud y Vida is the Chronic Care Management program based on Wagner’s model. The Research Assistant I will be responsible for follow up on referrals recruited by the Transition Specialist, and will provide motivational interviewing at home visits, assist with delivery of Diabetes Self-Management Education in group and individual settings, and document regular assessments with the participants, including biometrics and questionnaires. The information gathered at the visits will be entered into the cloud based data system and reports run to track participants and outcomes.

Department: School of Public Health

Location: Brownsville, TX.

FTE: Full Time

Status: Non Exempt

Position Key Accountabilities:

  1. Home Visits: Conduct home visits with participants including conducting screenings (HbA1c), BMI, PHQ9, Medication Adherence and Blood Pressure according to protocol; complete physical activity, nutrition and demographic surveys; set behavior change goals with participant using Motivational Interviewing techniques; conduct and follow-up on referrals to mental health case manager, Compassion Funds and back to clinic social services; refer to 2.0 services; provide complete intervention according to protocol and follow up at 3 month intervals, with motivational text messaging and phone calls in between visits according to protocol.

  2. Case Review Preparation and Attendance: Identify participants flagged for Case Review. Prepare notes and assess needs. Discuss and prepare presentation on cases for review and attend Case Review meetings.

  3. Data System: Complete assessments, case notes and questionnaires accurately in Wellcentive Data system and other program data tracking systems; participate in data quality improvement activities and maintain records up to date on caseload of participants; document scheduled follow-ups and enter information into online database. Complete reports through system as needed.

  4. Diabetes Self-Management Education (DSME): Prepare and assist instructors to deliver DSME curriculum in group settings; recruit and assist with facilitation of post DSME Diabetes support groups as needed; deliver one-on-one DSME in home visit when participant is unable to attend class; participate in training and quality improvement activities around educational tools, activities and materials; refer and document participant completion of DSME.

  5. Performs other duties as assigned.


General knowledge of research fields.


Community Health Worker/Case Management or Health Education experience

Group facilitation skills and experience

Experience conducting surveys or questionnaires

Computer skills including Excel

Valid Driver’s License

Familiarity with local community

Current CPR/First Aid certification

Bilingual in English/Spanish

Minimum Education:

Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in lieu of education.

Minimum Experience:

No years of experience.

Physical Requirements:

Exerts up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds constantly and/or a negligible amount constantly to move objects.

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

Security Sensitive:

This job class may contain positions that are security sensitive and thereby subject to the provisions of Texas Education Code § 51.215

University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth)

Established in 1972 by The University of Texas System Board of Regents, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTHealth) is Houston’s Health University and Texas’ resource for health care education, innovation, scientific discovery and excellence in patient care. The most comprehensive academic health center in the UT System and the U.S. Gulf Coast region, UTHealth is home to schools of biomedical informatics, biomedical sciences, dentistry, nursing and public health and the John P. and Kathrine G. McGovern Medical School. UTHealth includes The University of Texas Harris County Psychiatric Center, as well as the growing clinical practices UT Physicians, UT Dentists and UT Health Services. The university’s primary teaching hospitals are Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center, Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital and Harris Health Lyndon B. Johnson Hospital.

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