Public Health Epidemiologist (CSHS/ECCS), Bureau of Family Health, Office of Public Health

Public Health Epidemiologist (CSHS/ECCS), Bureau of Family Health, Office of Public Health 

Position Summary 

This Epidemiologist position serves Louisiana Department of Health’s Office of Public Health within the Bureau of Family Health (BFH) in their work protecting and promoting health of all Louisianans. This position will support programs across the Bureau that are funded, either fully or in part, by the Title V Maternal and Child Health Block Grant and Early Childhood Comprehensive Systems (ECCS) cooperative agreement. This position will provide timely and relevant information to help programs build and sustain equitable, family-centered, comprehensive systems of care for Louisiana’s Children and Youth with Special Health Care Needs (CYSHCN) and perinatal-to-three maternal and young child population. The Epidemiologist will assure pivotal program evaluation methods are executed, expand data collaboration between complementary service providers, and enhance data reporting capacity to meet various stakeholder requirements. 

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master's degree in social sciences, public health, statistical analysis or related field.
  • Intermediate to advanced SAS programming skills
  • Evaluation experience –developing and implementing an evaluation plan, utilizing an identified health equity framework
  • Experience with data presentation, translation and report writing
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently and to meet deadlines 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Work closely with Title V programs and ECCS project leads to provide relevant analyses of available methodologically sound data to assist with program development for the Title V CYSHCN and ECCS perinatal-to-three populations. Data sources will encompass the National Survey of Children's Health and other relevant datasets and stakeholder survey data, some of which involve complex sampling schemes, and require advanced epidemiological and analytical skills to execute and interpret.
  • Manage confidentiality and security of data according to state and federal regulations.
  • Provide epidemiology support to Title V and ECCS program staff for Title V and ECCS grants, reports, and presentations for various stakeholders. This work specifically includes development and refinement of program and project logic models, work plans, performance measurement and evaluation plans, including, but not limited to mandated performance reports and evaluation reports.
  • Provide leadership for design, implementation, data interpretation, program monitoring, and evaluation for each 5-year Title V CYSHCN Needs Assessment and ECCS State Assessment and Gap Analysis and Strategic Plan.
  • Write CYSHCN portion of each Needs Assessment. Evaluate and monitor changes in needs within the populations between cycles.
  • Participate and co-lead Title V CYSHCN and ECCS Continuous Quality Improvement projects.
  • Collaborate with executive Title V CYSHCN team to determine program activities based on Needs Assessment results and specifically enhancing the integration of data tracking requirements as a seamless component of program activities. This may involve actively engaging in data collaboration and analysis with other programs serving the same populations.
  • Serve as Resident data and evaluation expert researching and identifying existing data elements/sets. Assist with establishing appropriate data points in electronic medical record for CSHS clinic activities and billing, as needed. Build capacity of FCS/ECCS staff related to data, measurement, evaluation and analyses. Serve as liaison for CSI-IS with LDH-IT.
  • Identify, collect and manage data for FSC specialized projects and trainings (e.g., developmental screening, care coordination, youth transition, collaboration with FHF and Medicaid/MCOs, Risk and Reach report). Responsible for reporting CYSHCN and early childhood-related data for Title V Block Grant. Other duties for Title V CYSHCN Programs and ECCS program, as requested, including participation in training activities as needed by CSI-IS.
  • Participate in HRSA TA webinars + monthly TA calls with the Evaluation and Project TA specialists
  • Direct preparation of and response to internal and external data requests.
  • Other duties as needed. 

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities 

  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical information in a non-technical manner
  • Good interpersonal skills and the ability to work well in a team. Strong attention to detail
  • Ability to think proactively and function independently
  • Good organization skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks
  • Experience working with major statistical software packages including SAS, Stata or R
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access 


Salary Range: $50,000 - 60,000 dependent on education and experience. A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff, including medical, dental and vision insurance, employer contribution to 401k retirement plan, generous paid leave, and paid parking. Excellent opportunity for professional growth and connection to national networks and resources. BFH benefits include opportunities for professional and leadership development, state-of-the-art onboarding, and mentorship.


Equal Opportunity Employer