Health Equity Research Scientist
Spectrum Health3.1
Grand Rapids, MI
Job description

To further understanding the healthcare needs of our community by conducting clinical research, we will be able to:

  • Design personalized healthcare treatments which support our precision medicine initiatives
  • Improve access to patient care by better understanding barriers and obstacles that are faced by vulnerable populations
  • Better understand determinants of health within our community to lead population health initiatives
  • Ensure diverse and equitable access to clinical care to achieve optimal health outcomes
  • Provide expertise in health equity research and the social determinants of health to support evidence-based inclusive research, and policy development
  • Expand our knowledge as a health system to provide better care for ALL all of our patients

Improving health and the delivery of care worldwide requires a focus on equity—equity of access, treatments, and outcomes. Identifying barriers to access, improving our understanding of differences in responses to therapies and disease between individuals and across populations can be part of the solution to achieving health equity and improving health for all. At Spectrum Health Office of Research and Education (SHORE), we believe research drives innovation, improves scientific and clinical outcomes for all patients across our communities. We strive to perform research which contribute s to equitable treatment and patient access regardless of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status or living environment. Representation of diverse populations is essential in clinical trials to understand whether drug efficacy or effectiveness, dosage, and safety are equitably measured across populations and to ensure appropriate access to cutting-edge therapies. The Research Scientist will be accountable for the development, implementation, coordination and evaluation of innovative research that uses and develops scientific models, methods and concepts that support the conduct of clinical research, research utilization, and professional development to improve organizational systems and health outcomes for our community.

Basic Qualifications:

  • Doctorate Degree in Clinical Sciences, Health/Life Sciences, Humanities, or other related Life Science required.
  • 2 years of Relevant Experience required (Directly related clinical and/or health care research experience. Prior work experience in primary care research, prospective research, health services research. Experience in health equity focused research. Must have proven track record for publication and external funding.)
  • Ideal candidate will possess PhD degree in applicable discipline and prior work experience in primary research, prospective research, and health services research.
  • Ideal candidate will also possess two years of experience in health equity research experience and proven track record for publication and external funding.
  • This position will observe normal business professional hours and will be a flexible remote position.

Job Type: Full-time


  • Day shift


  • Doctorate (Required)


  • Directly Related Clinical or Health Care Research: 2 years (Required)

Work Location: One location

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100 Michigan St. Grand Rapids, MI 49503




$5M to $25M (USD)


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Company ratings
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    3.0 / 5
  • Culture & Values
    2.9 / 5
  • Career Opportunities
    2.9 / 5
  • Work/Life Balance
    3.1 / 5
  • Senior Management
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Company reviews
"Good place to work "
Former EmployeeRegistered Nurse
I enjoyed working at Spectrum Health. The staff was collegial and easy to get to know, managers were reasonable. Good work life balance and good benefits overall

"Negative feel all around "
Former EmployeeLicensed Practical Nurse
Not the best experience at this nursing position . Management only care that you are a body filling the chair and dispensing. Staff morale and pay is low. Teamwork is almost nonexistent here and communication seems to be a continuous challenge in all departments. In my opinion a toxic environment where staff are constantly frustrated and feel under appreciated. There is a reason for high turnover! Nursing supervisors are difficult to get in touch with , often does not respond to calls or emails. Management is spiteful, unprofessional and unsupportive . Definitely a negative feel here.

"Not worth it. You are just a number "
Former EmployeeSupervisor
You think it's good money until you realize how many hours you are away from your family and then in the end they just let you go. They don't care about you and treat the physicians horribly. You can not have any health issues because they will find a way to let you go.

"It's a job I guess... "
Current EmployeeEvs Technician
Working at Spectrum health has been a rollercoaster of emotions. At first I felt like I was actually doing something meaning and constructive. One month into working, I was switched to a totally different department without my knowledge. I hated it. I was a glorified garbage lady. The nurses and doctors were more friendlier than the workers in my own department. There was a lot of back stabbing, two faced and untrustworthy people in my department. Only a very small handful I actually tolerated for the sake of my own sanity.