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Post-Doctoral Research: Cradle Kalamazoo Data Backbone

WMU Homer Stryker, M.D. School of Medicine
Kalamazoo County, Michigan, US
Closing date
Dec 9, 2021

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Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is searching for a Post-Doctoral Research: Cradle Kalamazoo Data Backbone. The Cradle Kalamazoo Data Backbone is grounded in a research justice framework, combining community participatory research with implementation science to place data production and interpretation in the hands of community stakeholders, and to apply scientific methods for identifying not just whether an intervention or a process works, but for whom it works and why. Our research focus is population health equity through high-quality opportunities for Black, Brown and poor people to live, learn, work and belong.

The postdoctoral researcher will lead their project, with the chance to collaborate with academic experts in epidemiology, sociology, geography, economics, and community experts in grassroots organizing, public health practice, service delivery systems, and institutional quality improvement strategies.

For more information, please check Dr. Kothari's website at:


Addressing maternal-child health disparities through systems' transformation of opportunity access and quality.

The post doc will have access to the four Cradle Data Backbone pillars:

Pillar 1. Community Voice Panel (90 pregnant and parenting women, representing Black, Brown and poor populations). Adapted from the consumer panel model, but focused on empowering community users and institutional providers regarding social, health and public services/information.

Pillar 2. Fetal-Infant Mortality Review (national mentor site, 40+ community and institutional stakeholder members). Root cause case reviews of what went right and what went wrong in a specific death; a review that includes family loss experiences and frontline providers' perspectives

Pillar 3. Care Coordination Registry (4,000+ prenatal home visitation referrals and outcomes). Referral registry to facilitate community access to home visitation help, provide administrative support for agencies to reach families, and system-level metrics on who is getting referrals, enrolling and the impact on care access and health outcomes.

Pillar 4. Big Data (20+ years longitudinal, multi-sector database of Kalamazoo County residents from birth to death). Tracking service delivery; transparency in who, where and how services are delivered - and their impact.

Availability to work on weekends or evenings to complete time sensitive projects.

Acquires knowledge for new technology and policy/procedure revisions.

All other duties as assigned.


Be within 5 years of completing a doctoral degree.

At least one first authored publication in a peer-reviewed journal.

Strong data analytic skills are desirable.

Demonstrates the ability to recognize priorities in organization of work flow.

Able to perform duties independently, with a minimal need for direct supervision.

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine (WMed) is an exciting environment to pursue and academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching health systems, Ascension Borgess and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. Building upon the $100 million foundational gift in 2011, WMed received a philanthropic commitment of $300 million to support the mission of the medical school in June 2021. WMed contributed to the creation of 1,600 new jobs and an economic impact of $353 million in Kalamazoo and Calhoun counties in 2020.

WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education and the Higher Learning Commission. WMed offers a comprehensive, innovative four-year Doctor of Medicine degree program and two Master of Science degree programs in Biomedical Sciences and Medical Engineering. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in 10 residencies and five fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. To support its mission to educate and inspire lifelong learners, WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education.

WMed Health is the clinical practice of the medical school with more than 300 providers offering comprehensive primary care and specialty services in several locations throughout Kalamazoo, Portage, and Battle Creek. The Department of Pathology faculty serve as the Office of the Medical Examiner for counties throughout Michigan and northern Indiana.

The W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo serves as the primary educational facility with faculty and administrative offices, student study and social spaces, team-based learning halls, a state-of-the-art Simulation Center accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare, basic science research labs, as well as toxicology and forensic pathology labs.

WMed is building upon Kalamazoo's century-long foundation of drug discovery and medical device development with a strategic investment in clinical, laboratory, community, and educational research. The Center for Immunobiology, Center for Clinical Research, WMed ForenTox, Research Histology Lab, Innovation Center, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Human Research Protection Program contribute to the medical school's advancement of knowledge through innovation and discovery.

Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.

EEO Minorities/Women/Disabled/Protected Veterans.
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