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Tennessee State University - Research and Sponsored Programs

Community Health Worker, Engaging Partners in Caring Communities

Tennessee State University - Research and Sponsored Programs


Job Summary

This position will report directly to Dr. Rebecca Selove, the lead Principal Investigator (PI) for the Engaging Partners in Caring Communities Project (EPICC). 

The National Institutes for Health funded this research Project. The Community Healthcare Worker (CHW) will be a key member of the EPICC research staff and will support the engagement and coordination of activities with faith-based organizations that are being recruited and have partnered with the EPICC Project.

Job Responsibilities

The CHW will: 

  • Complete Human Subjects Protection training provided at TSU, 
  • Become familiar with the team members, goals, and methods of the EPICC research project, 
  • Participate in project-related team and recruitment meetings with the PI, other team members, and project consultants, 
  • Facilitate and document communication between EPICC research team members and community partners, including staff of the Congregational Health and Education Network (CHEN) housed at Nashville General Hospital, 
  • Maintain knowledge and understanding of the five evidence-based health promotion programs that are being implemented in the EPICC Project, 
  • Represent the EPICC Project at community events such as church health fairs, 
  • Assist in coordinating the activities of, and meetings with community participants, and collecting all documents needed to move the project forward. 
  • Participate in the development of manuscripts describing lessons learned with co-authorship opportunities 


The Community Health Worker must have a four-year bachelor’s degree, or have a considerable amount of work-related skill, knowledge, or two years of experience in a health-related position. 

  • Must have wonderful time management and project management skills. 
  • Must be able to work using Microsoft Office, Access, Excel, PowerPoint, 
  • Project management software, such as Basecamp 
  • Must have the ability to collaborate well with people from a variety of backgrounds including researchers, community members, university administrators, and students, and to demonstrate patience, respect, and kindness toward all; to be diplomatically assertive as well. 
  • Must be interested in supporting community-engaged research to promote health equity. 
  • Must have the ability to construct email messages that are clear, while editing reports for spelling and clarity. 

Other Preferred Skills 

  • Conveys curiosity and passion related to the goals of this project. 
  • Flexible with time as some data collection opportunities will occur during the evenings or weekends. 
  • Willing to travel to other sites in Davidson County to attend meetings. 

Values of the Research Staff 

  • Integrity 
  • Respect for all 
  • Awareness that community members are experts in their contexts, and we appreciate the opportunity to learn from them 
  • Community-engaged research, implementation, and team science are central to the EPICC Project’s efforts to reduce health disparities and social drivers/determinants of health. 

Additional Information

How to Apply

Employment is contingent upon successfully completing a criminal background check as mandated by Tennessee State University. Official transcripts for positions that require a post-secondary undergraduate degree, advanced degree, and/or certification must be presented at the time of hire. An unofficial transcript may be attached. You will be required to provide names and contact information for three references.  Please send a letter of interest and CV or resume to Janice Collins, jcolli79@tnstate.edu by May 30, 2024.  


  • Date Posted: May 22, 2024
  • Type: Contract / Temp
  • Salary Range: $48K - $52K
  • Working Hours: Monday – Friday with occasional evenings and weekends