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Survey Research Assistant

Center for Health Policy
Department of Health Policy & Management
Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI
Indiana University

Field Research Opportunity

Position Title: Survey Research Assistant
Organization: Center for Health Policy, Fairbanks School of Public Health
Hourly Wage: $11.00/hr (undergraduate), $13.00/hr (graduate)
Time Commitment: 20-30/per week, flexible. Evenings and weekends negotiable
Duration: May 1, 2022 through October 2022
Travel Required: Ability to travel to health care offices within Indianapolis.


Job Description
Recruiting up to 4 undergraduate / graduate students to support a research study on the social determinants of health. The study measures the prevalence of issues like food insecurity and housing issues at primary care setting and an emergency department in Indianapolis.

Survey research assistants will recruit patients at health care offices / the emergency department to participate in a survey about social determinants. Survey research assistants will use information systems to identify patients and document participation, explain the study to potential participants, and complete study documentation. The study is recruiting patients that speak English or Spanish.

Work hours will be flexible to account for classes, but this position requires the ability to work multiple consecutive hours (e.g. 4-6) during normal business hours. Data collection activities at the emergency department can include weekend and evening hours as well (negotiable).

Students must be able to travel to offices in the Indianapolis area. A MVR (Motor Vehicle Record check) and auto insurance are required.

This is a great opportunity for students interested in public health, the health care environment, or wishing to put language skills to use. Survey research assistants will have the support and guidance of the research team and staff at the Center for Health Policy.


Profiles of Learning for Undergraduate Success at IUPUI ‐‐ Communicator
In this position, the student will learn to be a better communicator by effective
oral communication to build relationships with patients seeking health care services. Individuals in this position will also develop their active listening, evaluation, and problem‐solving skills by explaining and documenting research activities.


Required Qualifications:
·        Strong interpersonal communication
·        Ability to maintain professional demeanor with health care professionals and patients
·        Reliable and able to work independently
·        Reliable transportation
·        Comfort with conversational level Spanish
·        Ability to solve problems and adapt

Tools and Equipment Used
·        Microsoft Outlook for all communication and Office for scheduling


If interested, please contact:
Ms. Maggie Hostetler (magghost@iu.edu) on behalf of
Dr. Joshua Vest
Director, Center for Health Policy