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Health Education Specialist - Writing Educational Materials

University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas
Closing date
May 23, 2022

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The mission of The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center is to eliminate cancer in Texas, the nation, and the world through outstanding programs that integrate patient care, research and prevention, and through education for undergraduate and graduate students, trainees, professionals, employees and the public.


The primary purpose of the Health Education Specialist is to assess, plan, implement, and evaluate educational activities and programs for patients and their family members related to research in the Decision Support Lab. Educational materials include patient decision aids and decision support interventions. Impacts the organization through development and implementation of patient education resources.

Assesses, plans, and implements patient education content and programs
• Develops and maintains timelines and deliverables schedules for assigned projects.
• Acts as primary liaison with the decision aid production team (playwrights, graphic illustrators, videographers, narrators, programmers, and others).
• Facilitates team meetings including scheduling, creation of agendas, tracking of action items, and writing up minutes.
• Tracks versions of products and maintains disposition reports of edits to products.
• Fastidiously documents processes, communications, and project decisions for later use in publications and reporting.
• Prepares reports for project funders and presentations or publications for dissemination of information related to the project.

Evaluates patient education content and programs
• Provides study-related coordination necessary for projects, including writing, submitting, and maintaining IRB protocols.
• Develops materials necessary for research (e.g. protocols, interview and focus group guides, questionnaires, and survey instruments).
• Screens individuals for eligibility, recruits research participants (by phone, email, or in-person), confirms eligibility, obtains informed consent, and enrolls eligible participants.
• Conducts and codes qualitative interviews (e.g. needs assessment interviews), performs cognitive/acceptability/usability testing, and administers surveys to learner audiences.
• Develops and maintains regulatory binder and source documents, creates databases, and maintains data quality by entering and verifying data.
• Creates procedure manuals, trains staff on protocol procedures, and assists with IRB audits.

Develops cancer-related materials and resources necessary for program implementation.
• Conducts literature reviews and abstracts data from the literature on assigned topics.
• Determines key messages and educational objectives for educational products.
• Writes didactic content based on evidence and adapts content for lower-literate audiences using health literacy principles.
• Understands scientific and technical writing to accurately summarize technical messages for various audiences.
• Designs educational modules and programs including video scripts, textual content, flow diagrams, and storyboards.
• Modifies content based on user testing and expert review.
• Assures decision aids follow with International Patient Decision Aids Standards.
• Maintains documentation of source material for all content.

Establishes, cultivates and maintains working relationships with institutional contacts to develop and facilitate collaborative partnerships
• Charismatically engages in a friendly and helpful manner with diverse project contacts.
• Maintains open lines of communication with project PIs and staff.
• Is comfortable and skilled in communication in-person, virtually, and by phone and email.
• Actively listens to team members and project contacts.
• Understands when to serve as a leader and when to participate as a team member.
• Understands appropriate circumstances to elicit assistance from others.
• Welcomes constructive feedback.
• Thinks quickly and critically about study activities, identifying areas for improvement and opportunities for action.
• Uses patience, resourcefulness, and creative thinking in moments that lack clarity.
• Introspectively examines opportunities for development and growth.
• Seeks out new information and identifies opportunities to implement new knowledge into practice.

Other duties as assigned


Analytical Thinking - Gather relevant information systematically; break down problems into simple components; make sound decisions.

Technical Expertise - Demonstrate technical proficiency and expertise required to do the job; possess knowledge in the profession; set high standards of performance and strive toward mastery.

Written Communication - Convey information clearly and concisely through both formal and informal documents; adapt writing style to fit the audience

With Inclusion, you understand that your ideas and contributions are valued. You promote the same for others. You address your own biases while promoting diversity and equity. (Competencies: Cultural Humility, Cultural Awareness, Cultural Intelligence)

With Drive, you see that you can serve as a leader whether you have a formal leadership role or not. You tackle problems, move past setbacks and hardships, and don't lose sight of your goals. (Competencies: Self-Confidence, Analytical Thinking, Innovative Thinking, Technical Expertise)

You demonstrate Professionalism by setting the example for others and consistently modeling MD Anderson's values and service standards. You communicate effectively in a variety of ways. (Competencies: Inspire Trust, Oral Communication, Written Communication)

Through Emotional Intelligence, you maintain awareness of your own emotions and the emotions of those around you. Use nonverbal cues and feelings to engage others in an inclusive and responsive way. (Competencies: Active Listening, Teaming, Self-Reflection)

Having Coachability means you are engaged in relentless learning. You constantly ask questions and stay curious. You understand that the organization constantly evolves, and you should as well. (Competencies: Develop Oneself, Adaptability)

Required: Bachelor's degree in Public Health, Health Education, Community Health Education or related field.

Preferred: Bachelor's or Master's degree in Health Education, Public Health or related.

Required: Two years experience coordinating patient education programs.

Preferred: Experience with writing educational materials for the community. Bilingual in English and Spanish is a plus.

Required: Must pass pre-employment skills test as required and administered by Human Resources.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law.
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