BLACK Doula Network – Research Assistant

Part-time Opportunity


June 14, 2021



While evidence suggest that high quality patient-centered care and community doulas can improve pregnancy, birthing, and postpartum experiences, culturally congruent, culturally respectful care, and shared decision-making patient/client interactions are not always prioritized in the care provided for African American/Black women.


The BLACK Doula Network Initiative implemented by the BLACK Wellness and Prosperity Center promotes culturally congruent system improvements across the prenatal to postnatal continuum of care to advance improved outcomes in maternal health and wellbeing for Black/African American women and their families.


We are seeking a part-time Research Assistant (PA) to support the development of our bold BLACK Doula Network Initiative*. The Research Assistant would collaborate closely with the research and project management team to design one of the major components of this transformative initiative, the high-risk, evidence-based pregnancy toolkit for healthcare providers, which aims to serve as a guideline on how to provide culturally respectful and high-quality care to Fresno’s African American/Black women.


This position offers a unique and long-term opportunity for the Research Assistant to bring real change into the lives of Black mothers and babies and reimagine the pregnancy care Black women receive.

The PA’s Responsibilities Include:

Providing support for project coordination activities:

  • Assist with meeting coordination, focus group coordination, and other administrative coordination as needed.

  • Maintain regular communication with the Project lead consultants.

  • Provide and share the data with the Project team/lead.

  • Evaluate and request supplies necessary for project activities and work.

  • Provide regular project updates.

  • Plan and coordinate project team meetings to review progress.

  • Update project website as applicable for the project progress and work.

  • Create training and toolkit flow charts, as necessary.

  • Engage clinical and community partners in the project.


Providing support to lead researchers/consultants:

  • Conduct, gather, and provide literature reviews, relevant for the various areas being analyzed for the Doula training and toolkit project.

  • Conduct qualitative interviews.

  • Participate and help in designing survey/interview questionnaire.

  • Recruit/consent subjects for interviews.

  • Enroll for study as applicable.

  • Schedule interviews/project related subject visits.

  • Gather, organize, and summarize relevant interview data.

  • Maintain confidentiality of records of the interviews.

  • Transcribe dictated drafts of toolkit contents.

  • Assist in manuscript writing.


Preferred Qualifications and Skills:

  • Enrolled in or holds degree from an accredited four-year university. All discipline areas are welcome to apply. Candidates with a background in public policy, public health, business administration, nursing, and communications are strongly encouraged to apply.

  • Previous involvement in equity projects is preferred.

  • Clear understanding of institutional and systemic racism as it relates to the Black/African American population.

  • Understanding dynamics and challenges specific to Fresno (including resources, access, exclusion, wealth, structural racism, environmental and social issues).

  • Strong commitment to achieving racial and economic justice.

  • Good written and oral communication skills; research and data collection skills.

  • Ability to work in a team, take initiative, with good decision-making skills.

  • Attention to detail.

  • Planning and scheduling.

  • Technical skills: Proficient in Word and Power Point. Strongly preferred: Excel


Start Date:
July 2021 - January 2022 (with a possibility to extend until March 31, 2023)



Approximately 20 hours/week; Starting at $20/hour based on skills and experience.


Work Method:
Hybrid (remote and in person as needed)

How to Apply:
Please send Resume and Cover Letter to . Position open until filled. In the subject line please reference: “Part-time Research Assistant”.

About us:

The BLACK Wellness & Prosperity Center is the first Black Maternal Child Health CBO in Fresno County established to unapologetically serve the unmet needs of African American women and babies.

To learn more, visit our social media sites.

*The project is funded by the Fresno County Superintendent of Schools (FCSS) and the Blue Meridian Partners, Inc.