Back Starr Center Nutrition Research Specialist - Global Health Corps Fellowship

  • Added Date: Thursday, 11 January 2018
  • Deadline Date: Thursday, 18 January 2018

This position is a Global Health Corps (GHC) fellowship role. GHC is a leadership development organization focused on building the next generation of diverse, disruptive global health leaders. Founded in 2009, we competitively recruit talented professionals (ages 21-30) from a range of sectors and backgrounds and place them in high-impact roles within partner organizations working on the front lines of health equity in Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, the US, and Zambia.

The Nutrition Research Specialist will be assigned to support the Special Initiative Programs offered at Community Pediatric Programs (CPP) at Montefiore Medical Center, specifically our initiatives directed to promoting healthy nutrition and exercise in children, under the direction of the Director of the Starr Center. The Starr Center is the program planning, implementation, and evaluation arm of CPP that is responsible for the incubating new ideas and best practice models in concert with our clinical teams, supporting quality improvement and performance improvement projects, and providing data analytic and data management support. The Nutrition Research Specialist will be working with a multi-disciplinary team of nutritionists, mental health specialists, physicians, nurse practitioners, and nurses in implementing, and evaluating our programs. Programs include breastfeeding promotion and support, COOK – a program to promote healthy eating and weight loss in obese elementary school aged children, microwave cooking classes in the shelters, Diabetes Prevention Program for at-risk adults, and other programs designed for patients of all ages. This position includes direct patient contact and education, as well as data support for evaluation of our nutrition-related programs and dissemination of our results. Because a high percentage of our patients are Spanish-speaking, creating bi-lingual programs is essential. Note that job responsibilities may shift to support other initiatives if organizational priorities change.


The mission of Community Pediatric Programs (CPP) at Montefiore Medical Center is to provide comprehensive, compassionate, and family-centered health care to New York City’s most medically underserved children and their families, both homeless and domiciled. CPP is a Level 3 Patient-Centered Medical Home (NCQA Recognition) that serves nearly 11,000 patients each year through a network of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC). Residents of the South Bronx communities served by CPP live in some of the poorest congressional districts in the United States. They are more likely to experience higher rates of asthma, obesity, diabetes, infant mortality, premature mortality, and psychological distress than other communities in NYC. In response, CPP has developed, and continues to develop, creative programming to meet the needs of our communities through Special Initiatives that directly address these issues; these include:

  • Childhood Asthma Initiative aims to reduce asthma severity/hospitalization among homeless and low-income children by providing clinical care, asthma education, psychosocial services, and referrals to mental health and specialty asthma care as needed
  • Starting Right is an initiative that addresses the epidemic of childhood obesity and integrates pediatric-specific obesity screening protocols and weight management into the primary care visit, nutrition counseling with a registered dietician, and nutrition education and exercise programs in the local community and homeless shelters
  • Adult Diabetes Program is a program that targets diabetic patients with uncontrolled lab/blood pressure values or who have not been seen in six months and are provided intensive clinical care, diabetes education, nutrition support, and mental health services
  • Terra Firma is the first nationally recognized Medical-Legal Partnership designed to provide coordinated legal, medical, and mental health services to unaccompanied children living in the New York area with their sponsors after their release from detention
  • Resiliency Initiative aims to support low-income families in raising healthy resilient children who are school ready and can reach their full potential by providing universal screening in parents, and follow up for, psychosocial/environmental risk factors, group care programs, maternal-infant dyadic therapy, on-site anti-poverty support, and vital non-medical services, such as an outreach program to help eligible families apply to Pre-K


  • Assist in running, facilitating, and evaluating our group programs such as our Microwave Cooking class, COOK program, and Diabetes Prevention Program
  • Assist in data management and analysis of our outcomes (data collection, data entry and cleaning, data analysis, etc.)
  • Assist in disseminating the results of our programs through participation in our writing groups, helping with manuscript preparation, and poster presentations at professional organization
  • Support existing organization goals and deliverables and participate, as opportunities arise, in the exploration, development, or implementation of new nutritional programs

Skills and Experience

Items indicated with an asterisk (*) are required

  • Bachelor’s degree*
  • Spanish proficiency (minimum conversational Spanish)*
  • Experience facilitating and leading groups*
  • Understanding or experience in nutrition*
  • Comfort working with individuals across the lifespan*
  • Proficiency in programs such as SPSS, R, Excel, and/or Access
  • Ability to create Access databases
  • Education or experience in program planning and evaluation
  • Able to connect to individuals from different backgrounds and ages
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Ability to multi-task
  • Strong communication skills
  • Flexible yet able to stay on task, and assist team members in staying on task
  • Able to work independently

This vacancy is archived.

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