Chronic Disease Program Evaluator, Office of Public Health

Chronic Disease Program Evaluator, Office of Public Health   

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The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access (BCDPHA), within the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH), is dedicated to improving the health status of Louisiana residents in rural and underserved areas by working proactively to build community health systems’ capacity; providing integrated, efficient, and effective health care services; and promoting healthy lifestyles within each community. The Bureau is branded Well-Ahead Louisiana. This position is located within the Evaluation Team and reports to the Evaluation Manager.

The Chronic Disease Evaluator will be responsible for designing and executing the evaluation components of Well-Ahead’s CDC-funded cooperative agreements. This position will utilize evaluation findings to assist in the development of strategies, goals, and objectives that are consistent with Well-Ahead’s mission and aligned with other Well-Ahead programs.

The position is full-time and will be located at the Office of Public Health in New Orleans.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health or Social Sciences
  • 2 years of experience conducting program evaluation of public health programs
  • Experience in grant writing
  • Experience with quantitative and qualitative evaluation methods
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office
  • Ability to travel within the state of Louisiana

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

50% Evaluation Systems Design and Execution 

  • Lead evaluation activities for a Well-Ahead programmatic division, including evaluation of CDC-funded cooperative agreements to prevent and manage chronic disease.
  • Engage members of population groups affected by chronic-disease disparities in the formation of evaluation inquiries and coordinate with the Health Communications and Community Engagement team to share evaluation results with individuals reached.
  • Create and maintain an online database to track grant implementation progress and report activity status to the Grant Manager.
  • Conduct key informant interviews with program staff and design, implement, and analyze surveys as necessary for multi-year evaluation of grant activities.
  • Monitor grant activity efficiency, efficacy, barriers, facilitators, and lessons learned and provide monthly updates to the Grant Manager.
  • Advise the Division Manager and relevant stakeholders on the interpretation of annual evaluation reports and implications for program planning.
  • Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in the most current population-level prevention and management practices, data, and trends for chronic disease according the Centers for Disease Control’s (CDC) best-practice guidelines.

40% Reporting and Communications 

  • Create and execute annual and multi-year evaluation plans, in collaboration with the Grant Manager and Epidemiologist, which aim to inform and engage program staff and diverse stakeholders.
  • Assist the Grant Manager with the completion of bi-annual grant reporting requirements.
  • Create an annual impact statement capturing trends towards project period objectives and present to program stakeholders.
  • Develop an annual success story highlighting program accomplishment according to CDC grant requirements.
  • Disseminate program accomplishments and evaluation findings to stakeholders via reports, presentations, and appropriate data visualizations.
  • Complete all other required CDC evaluation and reporting deliverables within grant timelines.
  • Provide evaluation support for grant applications by participating in grant planning meetings and calls, identifying priority populations, designing evaluation plans for future grant submission, and completing evaluation components of grant program narratives.
  • Identify opportunities to present evaluation work at professional conferences or submit manuscripts for publication to relevant academic journals.

15% Collaborations and Partnerships

  • Collaborate with Bureau Epidemiologists to inform program evaluation activities as well as support surveillance and data collection. This includes maintaining a database of contacts, community resources, and partners; understanding priority populations; and evaluating the extent to which grant activities target those populations.
  • Contribute to the creation of Bureau-wide standards of evaluation practice and participate in the Surveillance and Evaluation work group.
  • Develop partnerships with other Department of Health bureaus, universities, and research institutions to incorporate expertise and expand surveillance and evaluation capacity.
  • Participate in community work groups as needed to incorporate stakeholder feedback in evaluation planning and share evaluation results.

5% Other 

  • Participate in the Bureau Health Equity Action Team
  • Advise the grant team on the inclusion of best practices for health equity in grant strategy and implementation.
  • Participate in continuing education activities related to evaluation and health equity and implement new skills in evaluation activities.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of other Well-Ahead programs as needed.
  • Provide support for division data collection, surveillance and analysis activities as needed.
  • Travel in and out of state as necessary to fulfill job duties and support program deliverables, including but not limited to conferences, seminars, meetings, summits, trainings, etc.

Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate evaluation findings in plain language
  • Experience with Tableau, ArcGIS, Power BI, or other data visualization software
  • Experience with G Suite programs including Google Sheets and Google Documents
  • Intermediate to advanced Microsoft Excel experience
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to think proactively and function independently
  • Strong organizational skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks


Salary is dependent on education and experience.
A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.


Equal Opportunity Employer