Kidney disease affects 30 million Americans. Although a living donor kidney transplant (LDKT) is the best option for patients with kidney disease, black patients are much less likely than white patients to receive one. This study is comparing three approaches to improve black patients’ chances of getting an LDKT.
The study seeks to enroll 374 black patients eligible for kidney transplant at two medical centers in Boston, Massachusetts, and Charleston, South Carolina. Patients are randomly assigned to receive one of three approaches for educating patients about LDKT:
Usual care: Patients get information about the benefits of LDKT from their kidney doctors, in the clinic.
House calls and usual care: Patients get usual care plus a 90-minute information session from a health educator in the patient’s home, with family and friends present.
House calls with peer mentorship and usual care: Patients get usual care, house calls, and emotional support and guidance from a peer mentor who received an LDKT for kidney failure.
The research team is tracking whether patients receive an LDKT within one year. The team is also looking at whether family or friends decide to be evaluated for donating a kidney. In addition, the team is asking about patients’ readiness to get an LDKT, concerns, quality of life, and knowledge about LDKT and other health topics.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Recruit and train African American/Black peer mentors who have received a kidney transplant from a living donor.
- Assess and match mentees (people seeking support) with a peer mentor.
- Support and track all participants throughout involvement with program
- Provide regular data reports to study partners on peer mentor/mentee interactions.
- Work closely with NKF Peers Director and assist with NKF Peers program.
- Participate in regular conference calls/webinars with research project team.
- Maintain high level of professionalism and confidentiality.
- Brief stakeholders on project progress.
- Advanced degree from an accredited college or university in Social Work (MSW).
- Knowledge of kidney transplantation.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Excellent interpersonal, time management, and organizational skills.
- Strong analytical, problem solving/decision making, consultation, and planning skills.
- Familiarity with medical research a plus, but not required.
- Proficient in Microsoft Office and social media applications.
- Performs additional duties, as required.
Please apply via email with your resume, cover letter, and salary expectations: