Massachusetts’ free, home-delivered meals program for the critically and chronically ill has an opening for a Research Dietitian. Community Servings is a non-profit food and nutrition program focused on the nutritional needs of underserved populations across the state. Over the past 30 years, we have delivered over 8.5 million free, scratch-made meals to the critically ill in the context of medical nutrition therapy.
Community Servings knows that diversity drives excellence. We are a place where everyone is welcome. We celebrate, promote, and derive strength from a diversity of lived experiences. We actively seek and encourage an inclusive workforce.
The Research Dietitian is responsible for specialized nutrition intervention through the research process for a study that will be conducted in association with Community Servings. This position will support and participate in the interdisciplinary process of research protocol review, implementation, and outcome evaluation. The Research Dietitian will attend ongoing protocol required trainings and meetings, and provide quality nutrition care and education based on approved research protocol, participant needs and professional/agency standards. This position will participate in quality improvement activities, and contribute to scholarly research manuscripts and grant preparation. The position reports to the study’s Project Manager, and works closely with the Principal Investigator and Community Servings’ Manager of Nutrition Services.
The study team will conduct a randomized trial to assess Community Servings’ medically tailored meals intervention (n=200). It will be conducted among diverse participants referred for medically tailored meals. Adults with type 2 diabetes, Hemoglobin A1c between 7.0% and 12.0%, and BMI ≥ 25 kg/m2 (≥ 23 kg/m2 for those with Asian ancestry) will be enrolled and randomly assigned to intervention or usual care + food subsidy. The intervention group will receive meal delivery and its attendant lifestyle intervention for 6 months, while the usual care + food subsidy group will receive a $30/month healthy food subsidy, along with usual diabetes care. Outcomes will be assessed at 6 and 12 months. The primary outcome is Hemoglobin A1c at 6 months. Secondary outcomes include change in physiologic, behavioral, and psychosocial measures.
The study is being led by Dr. Seth Berkowitz, a clinician and physician at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and a leading expert on the association between food insecurity, poor health outcomes, and high healthcare costs. The Lifestyle Intervention (LI) is being developed by Linda Delahanty, MS, RD, Director of Nutritional and Behavioral Research at Mass. General Hospital, an exceptionally experienced lifestyle intervention investigator, and the architect of the Look AHEAD lifestyle intervention. Delahanty will work closely with the Community Servings Research Dietitian to develop and train on the delivery of the LI.
· Reviews, implements and revises the nutrition and lifestyle component of research protocols in collaboration with investigators and the research team consistent with the goals of the research protocol, general nutrition principles, needs of the individual participants, and governing policies and procedures. The nutrition component may require literature review, contribution to study design, development of education materials and data collection tools.
· Attends training sessions to receive certification for delivery of the lifestyle intervention, and ongoing training meetings to discuss advanced counseling strategies and review treatment fidelity
· May conduct screening interviews with potential participants to assess eligibility for the designated study protocol. Obtain informed consent as approved by principal study investigator.
· Plan, organize and conduct group or individual lifestyle-related meetings for study participants as needed per protocol.
· Completes collection and interpretation of nutrition related data consistent with standards for nutrition research data completion and may participate in the publication and presentation of research findings
· Documents research nutrition data including participant understanding of protocol requirements and compliance to the nutrition component of the research protocol.
· Maintains strong and effective working relationship with co-workers and study staff.
· Demonstrates the knowledge and skills necessary to provide age-appropriate care of research study participants. Demonstrates knowledge of the principles of diabetes care management, possesses the ability to assess data reflective of the study participants status.
· Complete other study-related tasks as assigned
· Master’s Degree from accredited college or university preferred
· Five or more years of clinical counseling experience preferable. Two or more years’ experience in nutrition research
· Effective individual counseling and group facilitation skills; some experience with motivational interviewing techniques
· Able to provide quality and compassionate care to a diverse participant population.
· Able to organize work, complete tasks efficiently and independently with attention to detail, meet deadlines for multiple tasks and inquiries.
· Research knowledge with ability to understand and implement procedures/research protocols.
· Able to use judgment and solve problems; assess research literature and quality improvement parameters
· Computer proficiency including nutrition software, spreadsheets; and current knowledge of nutrition assessment instruments and tools.
· Skill in the effective use of English language to read and express ideas/facts orally
· Able to successfully pass a criminal background check upon hire. Community Servings is a CORI friendly employer.
We offer a complete benefits program including:
· Medical and Dental Insurance
· Life, Short and Long Term Disability Insurance
· Paid Vacation, Holidays and Sick Time
· 403(b) Retirement Plan
· Daily community lunch
The is a 4-year grant-funded position: .5 FTE in Year 1, 1 FTE in Years 2 and 3,
.5 FTE in Year 4.
Massachusetts’ free, home-delivered meals program for the critically and chronically ill has an opening for a Research Dietitian. Community Servings is a non-profit food and nutrition program focused on the…
Please apply on our career website at: