ORISE Fellow (Research Participant) for State Program Support Location: Description:

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ORISE Fellow (Research Participant) for State Program Support Location:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, Georgia

Description:

A fellowship appointment is available under the Oak Ridge Associated University's (ORAU), Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) who manages the CDC Research Participation Program (ORISE Fellowship). The program provides opportunities for postgraduates, students, and faculty to participate in programs, projects and activities for hands on participation in research and development and related technical activities. Monthly stipends provided are provided under this program. The estimated stipend level for this project is $3,890 per month at the Master’s degree level. This request is for one year only. There may be opportunities based on project needs, priorities and available funding, for additional periods, up to a program maximum of 4 years. This particular project is to provide technical assistance support to state programs through a variety of strategies. The opportunity is within CDC, National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion (NCCDPHP), Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity’s (DNPAO), Program Development and Evaluation Branch’s, Program Advancement Team. More than one ORISE fellowship appointment may be filled under this announcement.

Background:

The State Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity Program (NPAO) is based on a cooperative agreement between the CDC, DNPAO that currently funds 23 state health departments. The program goal is to prevent and control obesity and other chronic diseases through healthful eating and physical activity. The state programs will develop strategies to leverage resources and coordinate statewide efforts with multiple partners to address six DNPAO principal target areas which are: o o o o o o Increase physical activity Increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables Decrease the consumption of sugar sweetened beverages Increase breastfeeding initiation, duration and exclusivity Reduce the consumption of high energy dense foods Decrease television viewing. State program strategies are focused primarily on policy and environmental changes that support individual behavior changes of healthful eating and physical activity in various settings.

Activities:

o o Provide technical assistance to unfunded state programs. Communication with state and national partners and serve on national partnership groups.

o o o o Track state strategies/ activities in target areas and produce a report of the compilation of findings. Participate in state training needs assessment and planning/conducting state trainings. Develop target area materials for web site posting. Facilitate national teleconference calls with state/ local partners.

Requirements:

Masters degree earned within the last 5 years and two years of related experience and completion of related coursework, in public health disciplines such as: public health practice, chronic disease prevention and control, nutrition, physical activity or related fields. Special qualifications, beneficial, but not required: o o o o o o o Experience in state or local health department or other public health agency Familiarity with strategies/ programs that address the 6 target areas Familiarity with policy and environmental change strategies that address nutrition, physical activity or obesity Interest in behavioral, environmental, and/or policy aspects of nutrition and/or physical activity. Skills in communication with diverse partners Expertise in nutrition, physical activity, and/or obesity Familiarity with food system approaches (e.g. food production, food policy councils, etc.) Candidates should submit the following by email: o o o Brief cover letter describing qualifications, interest in the position, expertise/experience in any of the 6 target areas Curriculum vitae Sample publications or documents Submit application to Sophia Manley, Program and Evaluation Branch, [email protected]

by September 12, 2008 Direct questions to Claire Heiser, Acting Team Lead, Program Advancement Team, [email protected]

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