• Community Health Educator

    Location US-MA-Boston
    Job Posted Date 3 days ago(10/11/2019 3:50 PM)
    Job ID
    Allied Health
    full time
  • Overview

    Located in Boston and the surrounding communities, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute brings together world renowned clinicians, innovative researchers and dedicated professionals, allies in the common mission of conquering cancer, HIV/AIDS and related diseases. Combining extremely talented people with the best technologies in a genuinely positive environment, we provide compassionate and comprehensive care to patients of all ages; we conduct research that advances treatment; we educate tomorrow's physician/researchers; we reach out to underserved members of our community; and we work with amazing partners, including other Harvard Medical School-affiliated hospitals.


    The Office of Cancer Equity and Engagement (OCEE) seeks to hire a full-time Community Health Educator (CHE) to be the center of our outreach efforts in the community. The focus of these community education efforts are 1) increasing minority participation in clinical trials and 2) HPV vaccination. The Community Health Educator will implement educational projects in these areas for community members with the OCEE program team. The CHE will be a full participant in the NCI’s National Outreach Network (NON) and will participate in all NON-sponsored trainings to establish core standards for community outreach and will look for opportunities to implement those standards through other activities and within the DF/HCC. S/he will also disseminate NCI-related messages and programs as appropriate in the proposed project and will serve as a resource for these dissemination efforts within DF/HCC. 


    This position is currently funded for two years. 


    Under direct supervision of the OCEE, the Community Health Worker will be responsible for:

    • Working closely with the Cancer Care Equity Program Faculty Director to deliver targeted educational programs in the neighboring community, focused on clinical trial participation tailored to underrepresented minorities and vulnerable patient populations
    • Facilitating the education, recruitment, and follow-up of patients into available clinical trial studies within the DF/HCC
    • Providing administrative and community engagement support to the CCEP program, including the management of data collection and patient information
    • Working closely with the DFCI Director of Community Benefits to support the work of the state-wide HPV coalition
    • Working with community and faith-based organizations across Massachusetts to deliver HPV Vaccination education and community outreach services
    • Assisting in the planning, organization, and execution of the annual Massachusetts HPV Symposium, including arranging vendors, speakers, and all relevant logistics
    • Evaluating the impact of all community outreach efforts utilizing NCI based resources
    • Coordinating and overseeing the collection and management of all NCI’s National Outreach Network related data
    • Participating in the activities of the NCI’s National Outreach Network including conferences, projects, and monthly Working Groups calls
    • Assisting OCEE Director in writing and submitting IRB amendments and continuing reviews, annual NIH report, and other reports as needed.
    • Maintaining the security and confidentiality of all program materials and data.
    • Notifying the OCEE Program Manager of issues relating to study progress.
    • Assisting in other OCEE related projects, as necessary.


    • Bachelor’s degree with some experience, or recent Masters Degree in public health Health education, community organizing, nursing, or social science preferred.
    • 1-2 years of experience in conducting health education and outreach among diverse communities strongly preferred
    • 1-2 years of project coordination experience, preferably in a research or academic setting strongly preferred; Experience with IRB is strongly preferred
    • Bilingual (Spanish/English) strongly preferred
    • Experience working with underserved communities including underrepresented populations, low income, first-generation students and students with disabilities
    • Car and Massachusetts driver’s license strongly preferred


    • Strong personal initiative: the ability to work independently and creatively
    • Excellent interpersonal skills: mature, dependable, enthusiastic, motivated, and willing to learn new tasks
    • Excellent organizational (attention to detail), communication skills (oral and written), and problem-solving skills

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is an equal opportunity employer and affirms the right of every qualified applicant to receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, gender identity or expression, national origin, sexual orientation, genetic information, disability, age, ancestry, military service, protected veteran status, or other groups as protected by law.


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