Ronald Dahl

Closed (1) BIPOC Caregiver Experiences with the Early Intervention (EI) Process Through the Medical Home

Applications for fall 2021 are now closed for this project.

We are seeking a junior or senior Spanish-fluent student interested in supporting a qualitative project on the experiences of BIPOC caregivers navigating early intervention (EI) supports for their children with developmental-behavioral needs, through their pediatric clinic.

About the Project: Early identification of developmental-behavioral needs – such as language delays or sensory challenges – and matching to appropriate services can result in significant developmental gains for children. Pediatric clinics play an important role in connecting children to EI services. However, research has shown that Black children at the age of two are five times less likely to receive early intervention services than white children. While there are many factors that contribute to this statistic, this project focuses on the experiences of BIPOC caregivers as they navigate the screening and referral process through their pediatrician. What do caregivers see as the benefits and harms of this process? How does racism – interpersonal and structural – impact caregivers’ experience of, and level of access to, EI services?

The selected student will be an integral part of the research team, and their main role will involve conducting qualitative interviews with study participants (including interviews in Spanish), translating transcripts, and supporting with coding of transcripts and analysis. The students will work closely with Jessa Culver (Study Coordinator), a second year medical student at the UC Berkeley-UCSF Joint Medical Program. The work will be mostly virtual, with possibility for a few in-person meetings with the Study Coordinator (if preferred by the apprentice).

Expected Activities:
- Complete CITI social/behavioral human subjects training
- Support recruitment, consenting and intake for study participants
- Conduct 30-60 minute interviews with participants, including interviews in Spanish
- Translate transcripts from Spanish to English
- Ensure accuracy of transcriptions
- Support with coding of transcripts and subsequent analysis as needed
- Check in with Graduate Student Study Coordinator on a weekly (or bi-weekly) basis, as negotiated with the Study Coordinator

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Jessa Culver, Graduate Student

Qualifications: Qualifications: - Must be fluent in Spanish (i.e. Native Spanish speaker), comfortable with both speaking fluently and translating transcripts from English to Spanish - Students should enjoy talking with people, and be able to demonstrate respect and cultural humility as an interviewer - Have experience with, or interest in, qualitative research methods. - Be able to bring an anti-racist perspective to the project, and care deeply about health equity - Take initiative / be able to conduct project work independently when needed

Weekly Hours: 6-8 hrs