MemoryWell is seeking an experienced, skilled research director to lead a Phase I Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant for the National Institute of Aging. This grant funds a partnership between MemoryWell, a digital life storytelling service, and the University of California San Francisco Acute Care for Elders unit to adapt a life storytelling service designed to promote person-centered care in long-term care to an acute-care setting.
*Manage core aspects of grant, including: IRB submissions, budget, project timeline, project planning, facilitating project team meetings
*Collaborate closely with co-investigators at UCSF and internal team at MemoryWell.
*Create quantitative and qualitative instruments for patients, family members, hospital providers and post-acute care providers
*Support patient and clinician recruitment
*Conduct and coordinate research interviews and analyze qualitative data
*Lead analysis, interpretation and dissemination of study findings
*Analyze existing research base to strengthen evidence-based framework
*Contribute to academic journal manuscripts and final research report
We are looking for someone with experience and success working on clinical trials, as well as academic and/or applied experience in aging and/or Alzheimer’s and dementia research. This is a perfect job for someone who’s passionate about promoting person-centered care across the healthcare system.
Masters in Public Health, plus experience leading research projects and managing grants; Or PhD with applied experience
Strong communication skills
High attention to detail
Willingness to jump in and “figure stuff out”
Experience with project management software, such as Trello, a plus
Experience in healthcare technology product management,
Previous success with patient and clinician engagement models
Startup or comparable entrepreneurial experience and mindset
As MemoryWell works to build an evidence base to support the short and long-term benefits of life storytelling in healthcare settings, you will also support research and customer discovery efforts
Develop or review surveys for current and past MemoryWell users and healthcare clinician partners
Develop or review qualitative interview guides for family members and clinicians about their experiences with MemoryWell
Identify potential grant opportunities; lead grant writing for new grant opportunities
You Will Report To:
Chief Content Officer - Michael Alison Chandler
Michael was a reporter at the Washington Post, covering local and national news, including education and social issues affecting families, including caregiving. As chief content officer at MemoryWell, she has built a system for recruiting and training a national network of freelance writers to interview older adults and share their life stories with care providers. She currently oversees MemoryWell partnerships with a diverse group of healthcare providers.
You Will Work With...
Co-Principal Investigator Jay Newton-Small, CEO and founder of MemoryWell
Co-Principal Investigator Dr. Stephanie Rogers, Associate Professor of Medicine in the UCSF Division of Geriatrics. Dr. Rogers is the Medical Director of the UCSF Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit.
Co-Investigator James Harrison, Assistant Professor Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF
MemoryWell is putting people at the center of care, one life story at a time.
We’ve built a digital platform for health care providers that replaces legacy intake questionnaires with brief, professionally written stories. Using our automated process that matches writers with patients that our clients send us, we are able to capture hard-to-get and valuable patient SDOH data, improve care outcomes, and boost patient happiness. Our proprietary network of +700 professional writers interface directly with patients and their families to create a pleasant intake experience that 94% of users love.
MemoryWell grew out of the experience that our founder, Jay Newton-Small, had caregiving for her father, who had Alzheimer's. When she moved him into a senior community, she was asked to fill out a long questionnaire about his life. This made no sense: who would remember pages of hand-written data points for 100+ residents in that community? Instead, as a longtime TIME Magazine correspondent, she wrote his story for his caregivers and pasted it on the walls throughout the community. It transformed his care. Two of his caregivers were Ethiopian and they'd had no idea Jay’s father, Graham, had lived in Ethiopia for years early on in his career with the United Nations. They became his champions, sitting for hours asking him what it was like to work with Emperor Haile Selassie.
Seeing the impact her story had on her father’s experience was enough to influence Jay to transition from her role at TIME to launch MemoryWell.
We are graduates of the most recent class of Techstars: Future of Longevity, Mass Challenge, and MIT Solve. Our story has been featured in theWashington Post,CBS Evening News and onNPR, and we are telling new stories every single day.
About UCSF-Acute Care for Elders (ACE) Unit
The UCSF ACE unit is a specialized Geriatrics unit at UCSF hospital. The interdisciplinary staff of nurses, doctors, physical and occupational therapists, nursing aids and pharmacists all have advanced training in the needs of hospitalized older adults, especially those with cognitive impairment. We aim to care not only for the older adult’s disease states, but also their wellbeing and quality of life- focusing on maintaining cognitive and emotional health, functional independence, and providing the care that matters to them.
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
The purpose of this Phase I Small Business Innovation Research study is to test the feasibility and acceptability of adapting MemoryWell’s life story solution, originally designed for long-term care settings, in an acute care setting in which brief patient life stories would be incorporated into the hospital EHR. To accomplish this, in partnership with University of California San Francisco Acute Care for Elders (ACE) unit, the study will engage patients, families and care providers to inform the design and format of interviews, questionnaires and stories themselves, and the way they are shared with patients, families, and health care providers. The ultimate goal is to build a system that can be expanded into a Phase II randomized controlled trial, to test the efficacy of life storytelling as a tool to ease healthcare transitions for people with dementia, among other outcomes.
MemoryWell is putting people at the center of care, one life story at a time. We’ve built a digital platform for health care providers that replaces legacy intake questionnaires with brief, professionally written stories. Using our automated process that matches writers with patients that our clients send us, we are able to capture hard-to-get and valuable patient SDOH data, improve care outcomes, and boost patient happiness. Our proprietary network of +700 professional writers interface directly with patients and their families to create a pleasant intake experience that 94% of users love.