Susan Ivey, Professor

Closed (1) Quality Improvement project to conduct a needs assessment around use of PrEP and PEP in the City of Berkeley Reproductive and Sexual Health Clinic

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

We are looking for a junior or senior student who would be interested in working with Dr. Susan Ivey (School of Public Health) to design and carry out a needs assessment survey with City of Berkeley clinic clients to better understand clients' use of PrEP and PEP, need for these services, and interest in obtaining them locally. Needs assessment will also include determining the local market currently delivering the services in a 10-mile radius of the 830 University clinic site and assessing how easy it might be to obtain services (transportation, out of pocket costs, other barriers) for residents of Berkeley.

The student will have readings and regular meetings with Dr. Ivey as well as regular time at the clinic site working with the Clinic Director and learning about clinic services and needs.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: The off-campus site is 830 University Avenue.

Closed (2) Colorectal cancer screening among South Asians in the Bay Area

Closed. This professor is continuing with Fall 2018 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Spring 2019.

We will undertake planning for workshops on colorectal cancer in South Asians including surveys to evaluate outreach. We will plan key informant interviews with local religious and cultural groups. We will also create educational materials for educating diverse South Asian groups about colorectal cancer risks and screening, distribute materials at community events, and hold outreach events with at least 2 community-based or faith-based groups to promote better screening among adults age 50+.



Undergraduate will understand use of qualitative and quantitative methods to assess barriers and facilitators in South Asian populations. Undergraduate will have an opportunity to learn Qualtrics software for surveys/interviews. We will also be writing 2 more manuscripts from last year's research and outreach and community education events.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Winston Tseng, PhD

Qualifications: Qualifications: 1) Motivated, mature, upper-division student, preferably majoring in public health; 2) Required to complete CITI Human Subjects Training Program; 3) Basic statistics coursework needed; 4) Interviewing skills or creativity a plus; 5) 4-6 hours commitment per week, varies; 6) May require weekend availability for local travel to different community events.

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Health Research for Action center, 2140 Shattuck Ave, Berkeley, CA 94704

Closed (3) Health coaching for people with uncontrolled hypertension - helping with lifestyle change and medication adherence

Applications for Spring 2019 are now closed for this project.

Students will be trained to take blood pressure readings and to use motivational interviewing strategies to help individuals in Alameda County to make change in their diet, physical activity, smoking or medication adherence behaviors. Coaches will work 1:1 with patients to give telephone and in-person support. They will also help people learn how to use a digital home blood pressure monitor to more frequently check their BP readings. At entry to the project, each subject will have a longer survey instrument completed to check on general health status, medications, diet, physical activity and smoking behaviors. Data collection will be repeated at 6 months and 9 months. Students will also learn data entry and basics of data analysis. Students will be a link to primary care providers for each person in the study.

Complete CITI human subjects training and HIPAA training. Learn health coaching strategies and blood pressure skills. Interface with assigned subjects roughly weekly. Students will need to commit to working in Spring and Summer at a minimum - so be sure you can be here for at least 6 weeks of the summer period even if you are not taking classes. Students will learn skills for interfacing professionally with medical providers in our local Alameda County area.

Qualifications: Students should enjoy talking with people, especially about health and healthy behavior. Completion of a semester of statistics will also be helpful. Students will need to make time for a weekly meeting the first 8 weeks (minimum). Training will likely be at 5-6:30 PM on a Mon or Wed. There will be skills and role modeling sessions required. Some students may focus more on interfacing with subjects, others may enjoy the data entry and analysis side more. There is room for both types of roles. Spanish or another language fluency is a plus but not required. Bring your community knowledge and diversity!

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: Health Research for Action, 2140 Shattuck Avenue, 10th floor, Sch of Public Health, UC Berkeley

Related website: www.healthresearchforaction.org