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The Fred Hutch/Community Center at Lower Yakima Valley seeks a Spanish speaking Research Cook to lead and deliver culturally-appropriate nutrition education classes to Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors in the Lower Yakima Valley, WA area. The ideal candidate will work with the study team to adapt and teach an existing curriculum for hands-on cooking classes to Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors. These classes are part of a lifestyle modification clinical trial testing a diet, nutrition and physical activity education program for rural Latino Cancer Survivors.
This is a temporary, part-time hourly position for a Research Cook who has experience developing and implementing a cooking class curriculum and/or is willing and able to receive the appropriate training to do so as part of this research study. Classes will be taught in Spanish. Ideally, the candidate will have experience working with study participants who are cancer survivors and in adapting menus and curriculums to cancer populations as needed, but training is a possibility. The position requires availability to participate in a 2-day intensive staff training, lead mock practice classes prior to the study classes, and attend monthly and/or weekly team meetings.
The candidate will have the expertise needed to link cooking techniques with developing and implementing education programs to students, communities and cancer survivors. The candidate will work closely with a Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator who will be delivering the education classes portion of the study and will work under the direct supervision of study investigators.
About the research
The study is testing the effects of diet, nutrition and physical activity interventions among Hispanic/Latino cancer survivors residing in Lower Yakima Valley. This project was previously tested in New York City and now is being adapted for the Valley community. The intervention uses group classes, social media and wearable physical activity devices to promote changes in diet, nutrition and physical activity. The study will enroll Spanish- and English-speaking participants and classes will be delivered in Spanish. The Chef will report to the project’s Staff Scientist and Principal Investigator and will be responsible for the adaptation of healthy recipes to cancer survivors to tailor the traditional meals, food preferences and availability of foods in the Lower Yakima Valley community. The Chef will be responsible for preparing and teaching how to prepare the recipes per curriculum. The Chef will work collaboratively with the research team, including the Investigators, Community Health Educators (Promotoras/es), the Nutrition and Physical Activity Educator and the Physical Activity Educator. The Chef will assist with study intervention activities and specific duties as assigned in every phase of the study, including:
This is a temporary, part-time hourly position. Flexibility in scheduling, including evening and weekend hours, and travel for required training within the state of Washington is necessary due to the nature of this study.