Responsibilities The University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC) is seeking an outstanding candidate for a Dean's Professor of Health Equity Research, to act as Director and Founder of the Office of Health Equity Research (OHER) in the University of Rochester Clinical and Translational Science Institute (UR CTSI) and closely affiliated with the Center for Community Health and Prevention (CCHP). This Dean's Professor is a prestigious designation for a faculty member who has earned prominence for scholarly and professional achievements in health equity research and will be converted to an endowed professorship in the future. In addition to this position, the URMC is anticipating coordinated hiring efforts across a number of departments to build a multidisciplinary faculty cohort of health equity researchers, advancing translational scholarship and practice that address racism and health inequities. This approach will enhance the diversity of the faculty of the URMC and ensure the success of our efforts to build significant capacity in health equity research.
The successful candidate will provide leadership in the advancement of health equity research, including the social determinants of health, for groups who experience worse health and healthcare outcomes than the general population. The mission of OHER is to promote excellence in health equity research, and to support, coordinate, and expand health equity research across URMC. The OHER will provide a central hub for health equity research excellence and will support students and investigators across the URMC.
The UR CTSI is the clinical and translational research engine of the University of Rochester Medical Center (URMC). Our vision is to cultivate a diverse and inclusive environment that guides and transforms our approaches to healthcare, education, research and community partnerships. Over the last 13 years, the UR CTSI has catalyzed research throughout the university, building a robust translational research ecosystem, with community members as partners in the research enterprise. Our mission is to accelerate the translation of discoveries to clinical therapies and population health, with impactful and measurable outcomes at local and national levels.
The UR CTSI recognizes that disparities in health stem from inequity and that racism, not race, causes these disparities. We are fulfilling our mission through workforce development, extensive local and national engagement, translational discoveries, clinical trials, and population health research. The Director will oversee all projects and initiatives in the Office of Health Equity Research, and have wide latitude for developing and implementing a strategic vision for the Office's growth and for the support and growth of health equity research across the medical center. Projects and initiatives will include:
• Conducting and leading research in areas that advance our understanding of the health needs, and improve health outcomes, of groups who experience health disparities, • Developing a program of research pilot funding to support establishment of new, innovative collaborations and studies, • Advising and mentoring the work of trainees and faculty colleagues who share an interest in health equity research, • Identifying and pursuing additional funding streams and opportunities for growth and capacity-building, • Developing guidelines and processes (e.g., recruiting guidelines, anti-racism statements, best practices etc.) for research methods, approaches, and protocols that promote health equity, centering the principles of community-engaged research, • Supporting efforts to translate research to inform behaviors, practices, and policies that promote health equity, • Participating in the development and delivery of longitudinal, comprehensive, sustainable health equity curricula for trainees, staff and faculty in collaboration with appropriate educational offices and with support of the Office of Equity and Inclusion, • Leveraging existing, related programs in the UR CTSI (e.g. Equity-Focused Dissemination and Implementation Science; Community Engagement; Multi-disciplinary Team Science; Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) to increase the depth and breadth of quality health equity research at UR, • Participating in local and regional communities as a leader and advocate for health equity and health equity research; supporting and advancing local community health priorities in health equity research, • Leading the Health Equity Research Task Force, and overseeing the Health Equity Research Interest Group.
The Director will participate in the URMC Health Equity Steering Committee, and work closely with University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry (SMD) Office of Equity and Inclusion, Center for Community Health and Prevention, and University, URMC, and SMD leadership, to lead transformative initiatives across the broader URMC and UR ecosystem in health equity and health equity research.
The Director will report jointly to the Directors of the CTSI and to the Chair of the Department in which they will hold an academic appointment, as determined by their primary area of research and/or clinical practice (e.g., Public Health Sciences, Medicine, Pediatrics, etc.).
Ideal candidates for the Director will be national leaders in health equity research with a demonstrated track record in research and in leading innovative advances in the field. This leader will also have a doctoral degree from an accredited institution qualified for appointment as Associate Professor or Professor in the School of Medicine & Dentistry.
The Director should have sufficient experience to establish and implement a strategic vision for the new Office of Health Equity Research that aligns with and supports URMC's Equity and Anti-Racism Action Plan.
The search committee is especially interested in candidates who, through their research, teaching, and/or service, will contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community.
Procedure for Candidacy:
* Candidates are asked to submit a Statement of Equity and Inclusion to demonstrate their support of UR's commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion as a mission-driven institution. This statement should include accomplishments in the areas of teaching, research or community engagement that foster equity and inclusion, and/or the candidate's vision for creating a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion in their role.
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