The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice at Brown University invites applications for a one-year position (2017-2018) as the Ruth J. Simmons Postdoctoral Fellow in Slavery and Justice.

The Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice (CSSJ) is a scholarly research center with a public humanities mission. Recognizing that racial and chattel slavery were central to the historical formation of the Americas and the modern world, the CSSJ creates a space for the interdisciplinary study of the historical forms of slavery while also examining how these legacies shape our contemporary world. We are also attentive to contemporary forms of human bondage and injustice. The Center is devoted to interdisciplinary scholarly research around issues of racial slavery, contemporary forms of injustice, as well as freedom.

Applicants should have Ph.D. in any humanities or social science discipline and have received their degree within the last five years (or will obtain a Ph.D. by June 2017) and work on questions concerning the historical formations of slavery in global or comparative terms; issues concerning contemporary forms of indentured servitude; philosophical, historical, and theoretical questions concerning slavery, justice, and freedom.  Consideration will also be given to candidates whose work pays special attention to contemporary issues and legacies of slavery.  Applicants working on questions of gender, contemporary racial formations, public history, and memory are welcome.  The successful applicant will be expected to be an active participant in the Center’s regular brown bag lunch series, and will have the option to teach a course in the semester of his/her choosing.

Search Opens December 15.  Applications received by February 15th will receive full consideration.

Application Instructions

Applicants should apply online at:  apply.interfolio.com/39600

Please include a cover letter, current CV, a writing sample, and three letters of reference.

Qualifications

Applicants should have Ph.D. in any humanities or social science discipline and have received their degree within the last five years (or will obtain a Ph.D. by June 2017) and work on questions concerning the historical formations of slavery in global or comparative terms; issues concerning contemporary forms of indentured servitude; philosophical, historical, and theoretical questions concerning slavery, justice, and freedom.  Consideration will also be given to candidates whose work pays special attention to contemporary issues and legacies of slavery.  Applicants working on questions of gender, contemporary racial formations, public history, and memory are welcome.  The successful applicant will be expected to be an active participant in the Center’s regular brown bag lunch series, and will have the option to teach a course in the semester of his/her choosing.

Application Instructions

Applicants should apply online at:  apply.interfolio.com/39600

Please include a current CV, a writing sample and three letters of reference.

Want to incorporate the latest science in health disparities into your own research?
The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) will host the Health Disparities Research Institute from August 15, 2016, to August 19, 2016. The Institute aims to foster individual research projects of promising scientists and motivated research scholars with the overall goal to stimulate innovative research in the minority health and health disparities sciences. Please forward this message to anyone who may be interested in applying.

What the Health Disparities Research Institute Is: This program provides a unique opportunity for early career researchers, interested in addressing health disparities and minority health research, to learn about the latest science and receive guidance on their own research projects from leaders in the field.

Who Should Apply: Early career investigators, including postdoctoral researchers, research associates and assistant professors, engaged in health disparities and minority health research are encouraged to apply. We seek participants from diverse backgrounds within and outside of academia, such as from community-based and nonprofit organizations.

Cost: There is no cost, but admission is competitive and participants are required to attend all daily sessions. Participants are responsible for arranging their own transportation, room, and board. Limited scholarships will be available to cover travel expenses based on need. Applicants from diverse backgrounds, including underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, who require financial assistance are always encouraged to apply for NIH support.

How to Apply: The online application is now open on the NIMHD website: http://bit.ly/hdinstitute16.

The due date for submitting an application is 5:00pm local time on June 1, 2016.

Application Information: Selection will be based on the following criteria:

Professional experience and educational achievements.
A brief essay (no more than 250 words) addressing interest in the program and outlining objectives for participation in the program
A one-page abstract with specific aims of a proposed research project
One letter of recommendation providing evidence of potential success in minority health and health disparities research
Approximately 60 participants will be accepted and preference will be given to those who demonstrate high potential to incorporate training into their own research.

Program Information: The program will feature lectures, seminars, small group discussions, and sessions with scientific staff from across NIH Institutes and Centers. Lectures and seminars will include the following topics:

Population science and health disparities
Research design and measurement approaches
Intervention science methods
Healthcare disparities and outcomes research
Community-based participatory research
Small group discussions will be tailored to the research interests of the participants. NIH staff will also consult on research strategies and methodologies specific to the participant’s project and how to develop the project into an R01, R21, or K award application.

For additional information, contact the course planning committee at NIMHDHealthDC@mail.nih.gov.

When advocates talk about the advantages of government health care, they often talk about a moral obligation to ensure equal access. Or they describe the immediate health and economic rewards of giving people a way to pay for their care.

Now a novel study presents another argument for the medical safety net, at least for children: Giving them health coverage may boost their future earnings for decades. And the taxes they pay on those higher incomes may help pay the government back for some of its investment.

The study used newly available tax records measured over decades to examine the effects of providing Medicaid insurance to children. Instead of looking at the program’s immediate impact on those children and their families, it followed them once they became adults and began paying federal taxes.

People who had been eligible for Medicaid as children, as a group, earned higher wages and paid higher federal taxes than their peers who were not eligible for the federal-state health insurance program. And the more years they were eligible for the program, the larger the difference in earnings.

“If we examine kids that were eligible for different amounts of Medicaid over the course of their childhood, we see that the ones that were eligible for more Medicaid ended up paying more taxes through income and payroll taxes later in life,” said Amanda Kowalski, an assistant professor of economics at Yale and one of the study’s authors.

The results mean that the government’s investment in the children’s health care may not have cost as much as budget analysts expected. The study, by a team that included economists from the Treasury Department, was able to calculate a return on investment in the form of tax revenue.

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Eduardo Porter
OCTOBER 20, 2015
An Excerpt From NYTimes.com

Does welfare corrupt the poor?

Few ideas are so deeply ingrained in the American popular imagination as the belief that government aid for poor people will just encourage bad behavior.

The proposition is particularly cherished on the conservative end of the spectrum, articulated with verve by Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute, who blamed welfare for everything from higher youth unemployment to increases in “illegitimacy.” His views are shared, to a greater or lesser degree, by Republican politicians like the unsuccessful presidential candidate Mitt Romney and <a href="http://topics.nytimes viagra au canada.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/r/paul_d_ryan/index.html?inline=nyt-per” onclick=”__gaTracker(‘send’, ‘event’, ‘outbound-article’, ‘http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/r/paul_d_ryan/index.html?inline=nyt-per’, ‘Paul Ryan’);” title=”More articles about Paul D. Ryan.”>Paul Ryan, the chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee.

But even Franklin Delano Roosevelt, the father of the New Deal, called welfare “a narcotic, a subtle destroyer of the human spirit.” And it was President Bill Clinton, a Democrat, who put an end to “welfare as we know it.”

APRIL 20, 2015

In New York, almost 120,000 black men between the ages of 25 and 54 are missing from everyday life. In Chicago, 45,000 are, and more than 30,000 are missing in Philadelphia. Across the South — from North Charleston, S.C., through Georgia, Alabama and Mississippi and up into Ferguson, Mo. — hundreds of thousands more are missing.

They are missing, largely because of early deaths or because they are behind bars. Remarkably, black women who are 25 to 54 and not in jail outnumber black men in that category by 1.5 million, according to an Upshot analysis. For every 100 black women in this age group living outside of jail, there are only 83 black men. Among whites, the equivalent number is 99, nearly parity.

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Position Summary:

Reporting directly to the President and CEO, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Chief Program Officer (CPO) provides high-level, organization-wide, collaborative direction and support to NNPHI staff, member institutes and partners to ensure effective alignment of NNPHI human capital and program outcomes. This position is based in NNPHI’s New Orleans office, and requires domestic travel of approximately 30%.
Primary Responsibilities:
  • Share in overall responsibility for the implementation of NNPHI strategic directions and addresses critical strategic issues in operational and programmatic matters.
  • Collaborate with CEO and the Chief Strategy Officer to lead the program team, including goals development, coaching, performance assessment, and the identification and filling of skills and capacity gaps.
  • Provide leadership and subject matter expertise and actively collaborates in the development and implementation of NNPHI programs (including proposal development, recruitment, resource management, partner engagement, quality assurance, reporting, and post-implementation review)
  • Foster a high-performance culture characterized by service leadership, collaboration and transparency that result in strong team morale, effective talent utilization, and partnership across programs.
  • Share responsibility to develop and maintain relationships with governmental agencies, private foundations, and external partner allies to achieve NNPHI’s mission.
  • Provides executive leadership and management of the NNPHI New Orleans office.
  • Share responsibility with Senior Leadership Team to co-create vision that inspires staff and network affiliates to engage and share time, talent and treasure enabling network expansion.
  • Provide leadership in development of inter-team communication and cohesiveness, sustaining culture and supporting staff during organizational growth.
  • Build and maintain an architecture for identifying key performance measures; contextualizing those measures against known or potential standards; and evaluating results for appropriate meaning.
  • Provide executive leadership to strengthen integration, accountability, and intentionality of all programs, in alignment with the organization’s strategic framework.
  • Monitor emerging needs, opportunities, network trends and changes in conditions and collaborate with Chief Strategy Officer to develop appropriate changes in strategies to support positive outcomes.
  • Foster ongoing relationships with NNPHI members, working closely with Network Engagement team and funding organizations and partners;
  • Ensure effective and efficient administration of grant-making strategies.
  • Collaborate with CEO and Chief Strategy Officer to develop financial strategies that promote NNPHI’s long-term sustainability, including development of project concepts, proposals for funding, and other duties as assigned.
Qualifications:
  • Substantial professional experience (15+ years) in senior, strategic leadership position in mission-driven environment.
  • Master’s or doctorate degree or equivalent qualifications in public health, social sciences, health systems or related field
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively on a team and with diverse partners.
  • Strong experience developing and supporting staff, and providing supervision in environments that advance cross-functional teams.
  • Comfort with facilitating planning and strategic thinking processes, including collaborative decision-making processes and workflow analyses.
  • Demonstrated experience with concepts and skills related to budget development, tracking of fiscal resources, proposal development and award management.
  • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial environment: Flexibility with an ability to maneuver effectively in the face of uncertainty and transition.
  • Commitment to and experience with advancing health equity through program and policy approaches designed to improve the public’s health.
  • Demonstrated interest and/or strong understanding of current and emerging public health issues.
  • Demonstrated understanding and support of NNPHI’s Vision and Mission.
  • General knowledge and familiarity with political and budget contexts at the federal, state, tribal, and local levels.
  • Strong customer service skills; must possess a “can do” and team oriented attitude. Responds with a sense of urgency, solicits feedback to improve service, responds to requests for assistance and meets commitments.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills both in person and by phone, including high-level diplomacy and an ability to propose a “third way” in resolving conflicts.
  • Ability to manage multiple projects while setting appropriate priorities to achieve goals. Includes ability to adapt to changes in the work environment, manage competing demands and be able to deal with frequent change, delays or unexpected events.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail. Ability to stay motivated, organized and productive in a fast-paced work environment. Ability to organize work to use time effectively and efficiently and regularly meets project deadlines.
  • Ability to collaborate with teams and define personal roles and responsibilities; which includes the ability to extrapolate plans and create results through critical thinking and exercising sound judgment.
  • Proactive, professional and positive verbal and written communication skills.  Ability to give clear, concise directions.
  • Demonstrated success in grant writing and proposal development for public health programs.
  • Ability to maintain professionalism at all times.
  • Excellent oral presentation skills, with small groups and large professional audiences.
  • Direct experience or familiarity with Cooperative Agreement and other federal grant and contracting mechanisms (e.g., IDIQ).
  • Proficiency in office systems and software, such as MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, etc. Experience using project management software a plus.
Salary/Benefits:
1. Salary range of $85,000-$125,000, commensurate with education and experience.
2. NNPHI offers a highly competitive and benefits package, including medical/dental/vision/FSA/parking/transportation, generous retirement contributions and PTO.
Please send CV, cover letter, salary requirement and three professional references to:hr@nnphi.org
Subject line: Attn: Chief Program Officer
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