Susan Ivey, Professor

Closed (1) Right Care Initiative

Closed. This professor is continuing with Spring 2021 apprentices on this project; no new apprentices needed for Fall 2021.

We are looking for a junior or senior student who would be interested in working with Dr. Susan Ivey (School of Public Health) to work with state or county level data on heart disease and stroke risk factors and rates to prepare briefs that can be used for physician education or policy/advocacy purposes.

The student will have readings and regular meetings with Dr. Ivey as well as participate in Right Care Initiative staff/provider meetings on the educational needs of physicians and other providers (NPs, pharmacists), or quality improvement people who are working in the area of cardiovascular risk reduction and outcomes improvement for the State of California. The student may work with both the PI and a statistician, as well as the policy director of Right Care Initiative who created the universities of best practice for educating providers around the state of California.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Hattie Hanley, MPP, Staff Researcher

Qualifications: Should have completed at least one course, preferably 2, in statistics/epidemiology and be able to conduct basic data entry or importing of existing data to produce information about county health profiles. We are hoping to identify a student with some ability to create visually pleasing briefs, maps, charts, graphs to appear in our policy briefs.

Weekly Hours: 3-5 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: The on campus site is Health Research for Action (Dr. Ivey's research center) in University Hall, however this building is currently closed. As such we anticipate most of the work will occur virtually, often via Zoom. There are also 2 university of best practices meetings monthly which students may help on and attend if their schedule allows.

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

Applications for fall 2021 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 and Contra Costa Counties to make change in diet, physical activity, smoking, or other lifestyle behaviors. Coaches will work 1:1 with participants to give telephone and person to person support to make behavior change with the goal of helping them manage their high blood pressure. They will also help people learn how to use a digital home blood pressure monitor to more frequently check their BP readings. During intake visits, subjects complete surveys and BP measurement at 0, 6, and 9 months. Students touch base frequently with their assigned subjects after intake. Students also conduct surveys with control participants who are not receiving coaching. Students may also learn data entry and basics of data analysis if interested. There is opportunity for students to gain skills in project management and research coordination — including team oversight, project materials development, and project planning—that can be applied to positions in many management and health care careers.

Students will commit to weekly training classes for 13 weeks (September – early December). There are also weekly readings to complete. Research intake extends through Fall and Spring. However, subjects may need support through the summer as well (telephonic) so we are looking for students who can continue the coaching during the summer period, even if you are not taking classes.

Expected activities:
o Complete CITI biomedical human subjects training
o Learn health coaching strategies and blood pressure skills; learn
research activities for project
o Support recruitment, consenting and intake for study participants
o Interface with assigned participants roughly each 2-4 weeks including
some in-person visits., Graduate Student

Qualifications: Qualifications: Students should enjoy talking with people, especially about health and healthy behavior. Completion of a semester of statistics or prior clinic experience may also be helpful. Some URAP 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 language fluency is a plus but not required. Bring your community knowledge and diversity!

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs

Off-Campus Research Site: On campus: Health Research for Action, 2180 Oxford, 4th floor, School of Public Health, UC Berkeley

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