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Project Page: IN-STEP

IN-STEP Research Fellow Position

Seeking Research Fellow/Post Doc

What’s Involved: We are seeking a research fellow to join our INSTEP project and live in the White Mountain Apache community in Arizona for 1 year, leading research and community engagement activities on the ground. This year will also include scoping of sites to expand to in the following year, including opportunities to travel and engage with these sites. During the second year of the fellowship, scale up of programs will occur at sites identified previously. The fellow will travel and spend extended time at the various sites to launch the INSTEP program there.

Research Approaches: The INSTEP fellow will gain knowledge in implementation research through research activities and mentoring by implementation scientists, with support from University of Washington. Additionally, the network has a focus on Community- Based Participatory Research and will offer both formal training and experience in this research approach, utilizing community-engaged interventions through both years.

Ideal candidates may include recent PhD’s in psychology, public health, and related fields, as well as MDs/DOs interested in global health/working with underserved populations, or other individuals motivated to learn and employ community-based implementation research strategies while traveling to new places.

IN-STEP Project

Cincinnati Children’s project, American Indian Structural Heart Disease Partnership or IN-STEP, aims to improve diagnosis and care for structural heart disease within American Indian populations by partnering with the community to co-develop an implementation model to integrate point-of-care echocardiography within the existing Community Health Representative program.

First Year (July 2024-June 2025), the program will evaluate two different implementation models within the White Mountain Apache Community Health Representative Program using a rapid interrupted time series approach. This approach will allow for identifying the most effective, feasible, and acceptable model for the INSTEP program which will then be adopted.

Second Year (July 2025-June 2026), the adopted model will be scaled to other sites across the US.

The Locale

The White Mountain Apache Tribe lives on a reservation the size of Delaware which is located in Eastern Arizona, about a 3.5 hour drive from Phoenix. At over 7,000 feet elevation, you are surrounded by beautiful ponderosa pine forests. Many people who work at the local Indian Health Service site live in the nearby town of Pine Top, also a vacation town for many individuals from Arizona.

If interested and for more information, please contact Sarah de Loizaga at

INSTEP Research Fellow Y2

Project Page: PHARM-HF

PRO-CARE Trainee with PHARM-HF

Seeking Fellow/Trainee

Rural PRO-CARE is an American Heart Association Health Equity Research Network (HERN). The Network consists of five projects around the Unites States all focused on improving rural access to cardiovascular health. As part of our Network initiatives, Rural PRO-CARE is committed to training the next generation of rural health and health equity researchers.

The fellow will receive hands-on mentorship in cardiovascular outcomes and implementation research from Dr. Paul Heidenreich, Dr. Alexander Sandhu, and Dr. Fatima Rodriguez at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs (VA) and StanfordUniversity.

They will participate in the American Heart Association-funded PHARM-HF project. The PHARM-HF project is testing implementation strategies to improve pharmacist management of heart failure for Veterans living in rural areas in multiple VA regions. The fellow will participate in the PHARM-HF project in addition to other team projects that are aligned with the fellow’s interests.


  • Mentorship
  • Research skills
  • Networking opportunities


  • College graduate
  • Interest in cardiovascular health, implementation science, outcomes research, and/or rural health
  • Pharmacists encouraged to apply

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