Population Health Scientist, Health Services Research

Population Health Scientist, Health Services Research

Organization Summary

The Louisiana Public Health Institute is a statewide, non-profit organization that has been promoting the health and well-being of Louisianans since 1997. LPHI is made up of over 100 employees based throughout the State in all nine Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) regions. We accomplish our goals at the local, state, and national levels alongside our over 500 partner organizations, which include communities, community-based organizations, foundations, healthcare systems, academic institutions, government agencies, and a diverse group of additional stakeholders. Our impact is felt across the state as we leverage our staff expertise and skills in all areas of public health. LPHI was named 2021 The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate Top Workplace and 2021 CityBusiness Best Places to Work. Our mission is to lead and partner with communities to ensure that everyone has fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well. At LPHI, we envision a Louisiana where all people will achieve their full potential for health and wellness.

LPHI’s Health Services Research portfolio works with health systems, academic institutions, health plans, and community stakeholders to operate the Research Action for Health Network (REACHnet), one of 8 Clinical Research Networks (CRNs) nationwide in PCORnet®. REACHnet has partner health systems in Louisiana, Texas, and California. The REACHnet Coordinating Center at LPHI maintains a data infrastructure for these health systems which includes electronic health records for more than 8 million patients standardized to the PCORnet Common Data Model. REACHnet improves the efficiency of multi-site research through its innovative health informatics, governance and regulatory, and stakeholder engagement infrastructures. The Health Services Research portfolio also implements numerous multi-site research initiatives with local and national partners, including interventional trials, observational studies, and community engagement projects.

Members of LPHI staff also manage the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange (GNOHIE), another large data asset and partnership network. The GNOHIE is a community-governed health information technology infrastructure that facilitates the sharing of patient information across providers so they can deliver the best care possible. The GNOHIE enables efficient care coordination across providers and health systems by making timely, accurate patient health information available. The network comprises 50 participating organizations with over 160 locations across Southeast Louisiana, including primary care, hospitals, behavioral health, correctional health, social services, and more.

 Position Summary

The Population Health Scientist is responsible for supporting research, surveillance, and quality improvement initiatives for REACHnet and the GNOHIE by performing both scientific and project management functions, as well as leading or contributing to study design, publications, proposal development, and funding applications. This position provides the opportunity to apply a variety of analytical, methodological, writing, and management skills to lead or support research activities. The Population Health Scientist may collaborate on proposals or pursue opportunities to lead projects in line with their research interests. The Population Health Scientist will also be expected to work on publications and other dissemination products. The position requires frequent collaboration with local and national partners.

This role will support multiple data, analytical and research projects across the organization and report to the Chief Data Officer. The Population Health Scientist will be responsible for the successful planning and implementation of projects in collaboration with LPHI team members, partners, and stakeholders. Integral to this role will be writing manuscripts, proposals, and/or concept documents, developing budgets, fulfilling regulatory requirements for research projects, analyzing and interpreting clinical data, and disseminating research findings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in epidemiology, health services research, or related field
  • 3+ years of research experience in the public health sector, healthcare, health policy, or academia
  • Knowledge of research concepts, including epidemiological study designs, sampling and data collection approaches, analytical methods, and stakeholder engagement
  • Proficiency using statistical software, specifically Stata, SAS, and/or SQL
  • Experience using electronic health record and/or claims data
  • Strong publication record
  • Experience working in partnership with community stakeholders, health systems, and/or academic institutions
  • Experience fulfilling regulatory requirements for research projects, including Institutional Review Board (IRB) requirements and Data Sharing and Use Agreements (DSUAs)
  • Ability to work in the New Orleans area preferred

 Duties and Responsibilities

Lead/support projects leveraging clinical data

  • Lead and/or support research projects and public health surveillance initiatives, including scientific and project management activities
  • Collaborate with LPHI staff and local and national partners in the conduct of research and surveillance projects leveraging clinical data, including COVID response projects, state and national chronic disease surveillance, health services research, quality improvement, and projects connecting clinical and social data
  • Develop analytical queries to facilitate health research and population health (e.g., computable phenotypes)
  • Develop metrics for research projects and operations needs
  • Present data in visualizations and other formats that are understandable by non-technical audiences and/or appropriately tailored for specific audiences
  • Lead and contribute to dissemination products; write manuscripts and briefs and develop website content, presentations, and other dissemination materials

 Proposal and partnership development

  • Initiate and or support development of concept briefs, proposals, and applications for funding opportunities in research, surveillance, and/or stakeholder engagement projects
  • Develop national, regional and community partnerships with public health entities, academic institutions, healthcare delivery systems, community interest groups and stakeholders to further LPHI’s mission and business development
  • Manage relationships with external partners and cultivate new partnerships to expand research portfolio
  • Develop budgets and scopes of work for projects

Project management

  • Manage multiple projects simultaneously while effectively working with internal staff and external partners
  • Develop project plans, manage timelines, and ensure high quality deliverables
  • Manage budgeting, contracting, regulatory, and other administrative processes
  • Fulfill regulatory requirements for research projects, including writing study protocols, completing and submitting IRB documentation, and ensuring compliance with protocol
  • Identify and take initiative to create processes or improve operations to optimize efficiency in project execution
  • Develop presentations and documents to disseminate LPHI’s assets and services to the research community, including academia and industry
  • Track projects’ activities and progress and fulfill reporting requirements for milestones and deliverables to partners and/or funders

Organizational initiatives

  • Support organization-wide efforts to advance strategic priorities specified in LPHI’s 2022 – 2024 Strategic Plan
  • Actively participate in LPHI-wide meetings and initiatives (e., workgroups, committees)
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Competencies

  • Committed to LPHI’s mission, vision, and values with ability to demonstrate the organization’s core competencies
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues and partners
  • High emotional intelligence, including experience working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds
  • Demonstrated practice of a learning orientation
  • Ability to champion and manage change
  • Ability to deliver with quality and impact, including attention to detail, while meeting deadlines and milestones
  • Ability to supervise and manage staff and interns
  • Ability to employ a highly detail-oriented approach while maintaining an alignment with the broader goals and objectives of projects
  • Professional credibility and demonstrated ability to garner trust and confidence among team members and organizational leadership
  • Knowledge of Human Subjects Protection and HIPAA requirements
  • Familiarity with single IRB review models and IRB reliance processes
  • Strong organization skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks


  • Minimum starting salary of $95,000 dependent on education and experience
  • A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff


Equal Opportunity Employer