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CEA Program: Research Assistant for the Diabetes Impact Project - Indianapolis Neighborhoods (DIP-IN)

DUE is home to IEL which is sponsoring these types of positions across campus. This specific position is part of the Community Engagement Associates program in which students work in a specific department on campus to support campus and community engagement initiatives. You will see more information on the specific job and department below.

Overview of department:
The faculty and staff of the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences are a multi-disciplinary team from diverse backgrounds and disciplines. We are focused not only on understanding why health disparities occur, but on doing something about them at the community and societal level. Our department is part of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, along with the departments of Epidemiology, Global Health, Health Policy & Management, and Biostatistics. The school was formally created in 2012, and currently has more than 70 full-time faculty and staff serving more than 700 students. To find out more about the school visit:

Project summary:
Our project, The Diabetes Impact Project - Indianapolis Neighborhoods (DIP-IN) is an initiative which partners with residents to build sustainable programs, policies, and environmental change within three communities of Indianapolis.

The goals of the project are to:
  1. Reduce complications and improve quality of life of the people living with diabetes
  2. Increase awareness of risk factors for diabetes and encourage people at high risk to be screened so they can take action
  3. Foster an environment (physical and social) that supports greater health and well-being for all residents.

The CEA will work primarily on the third aim which is planned and implemented by resident led steering committees. Each steering committee has selected a health-related focus area (physical activity, food access, and stress). The CEA will assist with developing and implementing new processes to support these community-driven prevention activities.

Specific tasks that the community engagement associate will complete: 
Duties of the position typically include the following:
  • Attend DIP-IN steering committee meetings, assist with tracking attendance, typing up meeting minutes, and distributing to committee members
  • Assist DIP-IN team with other steering committee requests/project management tasks (such as following up with contacts, organizing tasks, coordinating evaluation paperwork, etc.).
  • Update project materials, flyers, etc. as needed.
  • CEA may assist in conducting qualitative research such as interviews related to evaluating the project, literature reviews for publications, tracking contextual information for the project communities like assets and organizational connections.

Specific qualifications (knowledge, skills, class standing, etc) we desire the project coordinator to have:
Junior or Senior with background/interest in public health, community engaged research, sociology, or health.

Learning objectives:
By the end of this position assignment, the student will meet the following learning objectives

  1. The CEA values collaborating with others, especially those individuals representing diverse cultures, races, ages, genders, religions, lifestyles, and viewpoints.
  2. The CEA demonstrates empathy, openness, inclusiveness, and sensitivity when working with diverse others.
  3. The CEA analyzes diverse perspectives and evaluates how these perspectives influence their own norms and biases.
  4. The CEA feels a sense of responsibility and commitment to use the knowledge gained in their higher education experiences to serve others.