06MP – AMPLIFI Recruitment and Retention Core – Recruitment experiments and results

Status: Filled – Eboni Swafford
Intern: Eboni Swafford
Faculty Name: maria-pisu-2
Primary Faculty Appointment: UAB
UAB/HA Department: MT 636
Campus Address: 1717 11th Avenue South
Telephone Number: (205) 975-7366
Email: mpisu@uab.edu or Click to Send E-Mail
For how many summers have you served as a preceptor: 2
CCC Research Area: Cancer Control & Population Science
Number of hours per week that the preceptor will personally supervise or work with the intern: 2
Other faculty, staff, or graduate students who may help to supervise the intern:
1. Aquila Brown-Galvan
2. Cynthia Y Johnson
Title of Project: 06MP – AMPLIFI Recruitment and Retention Core – Recruitment experiments and results
Project Description:

AMPLIFI is a large project to test different web-based programs to improve healthy eating and exercise in adults with an-obesity related cancer. The AMPLIFI Recruitment and Retention Core is in the process of recruiting 652 cancer survivors in Alabama, Mississippi, North Carolina and Tennessee. The recruitment process starts with a letter sent to the potential participant’s address, and then a call from the recruiter. In this project, the CARES intern will participate in two aspects of recruitment: 1) Mailing process: the intern will plan and conduct an experiment to address the question of whether sending stamped or bulk mail makes a difference in whether survivors receive the recruitment letter before the recruiter approaches them by phone; 2) Recruitment call process: the intern will be trained in the process of recruitment calls and tracking outcomes. The intern will analyze and summarize the results of both aspects of recruitment, and contribute to assemble the manual of operations for AMPLIFI recruitment. This project is a great opportunity to experience both the process and the challenges of recruitment which is a fundamental component of human subject research.

Project Status: Already up and running
Location of Project: Birmingham, AL (UAB)
Proposed Start Date: May 3, 2021
Proposed End Date: August 27, 2021
Expected work schedule for intern: Flexible, intern can largely set his or her own schedule (as for students who are instructed how to proceed and are permitted to work independently with weekly guidance) and should contribute full-time effort.
Number of days that the student will be expected to come physically to UAB:
0 – project will be fully virtual except for the required in-person checkpoint visits
Category of Project: Clinical (Patient Care) Research
Cancer topic: Breast, Colon and rectum, Kidney, Obesity, Ovary, Prostate, Survivorship, Uterus
Does this project involve human subjects: Yes
Does this project involve animal subjects: No

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Preceptor will provide intern with access to the following: Supplies needed to complete project
Likelihood that intern will be included as an author on one or more publications related to this summer research project: Very likely
Areas in which the ideal candidates will have experience: Interview Skills, SAS Programming, Scientific Writing Skills, Statistics and Data Management, basic knowledge