LITTLE ROCK ― A coalition of organizations in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi will use a $1 million grant from the National Science Foundation to promote improved and equitable health and economic outcomes in the Mississippi Delta regions of those states, the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) announced Thursday.


The Arkansas Center for Health Improvement (ACHI) is the recipient of the planning grant, entitled NSF Engines Development Award: Advancing Equitable Access to Food and Health Technologies in the Delta. ACHI will lead the tri-state effort, partnering with the Louisiana Public Health Institute, the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership, the Mississippi-based Delta Health Alliance, Mississippi-based HOPE (Hope Enterprise Corporation, Hope Credit Union, and Hope Policy Institute), and the Louisiana-based Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center.


“As someone with deep ancestral roots in the Mississippi Delta region, I am so excited for LPHI to play a role in this transformational investment. There are abundant opportunities for us to lift up, work alongside, and learn from these communities who have experienced challenges since this country’s inception,” said LPHI CEO Shelina Davis. “We envision that this partnership across communities in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Mississippi will lead to innovations and solutions that will ultimately improve the overall health and wealth of the region.”


The coalition intends to spend up to 18 months developing a plan for an initiative that will harness the region’s strengths to address its key disparities. ACHI will then apply for additional NSF funding to implement the initiative, which the coalition expects to focus on three areas:

  • Development and testing of new telehealth models and digital tools that can be embedded in the home and across rural clinical and pharmacy sites, taking advantage of modern advances in machine learning, artificial intelligence, and data science. The initiative will also provide the resources and infrastructure to train and increase fluency in virtual care among health care professionals, community health workers, and patients.
  • Development of more effective methods for production, distribution, and accessibility of fresh, healthy food, including the development of new business models that integrate food as medicine with existing and emerging health care delivery, and advancements in precision agriculture.
  • Design, development, and manufacture of over-the-counter or pharmacy-administered diagnostic materials and therapeutics, with a focus on innovations, advancements, and infrastructure that improve health care for underserved populations.


The grant is part of NSF’s Regional Innovation Engines program. Authorized by the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, the program is designed to reach geographic areas that have not fully benefited from the technology boom of the past decades. More information is available on NSF’s website at beta.nsf.gov/funding/initiatives/regional-innovation-engines and on ACHI’s website at achi.net/nsf.


“These NSF Engines Development Awards lay the foundation for emerging hubs of innovation and potential future NSF Engines,” said NSF Director Sethuraman Panchanathan. “These awardees are part of the fabric of NSF’s vision to create opportunities everywhere and enable innovation anywhere. They will build robust regional partnerships rooted in scientific and technological innovation in every part of our nation. Through these planning awards, NSF is seeding the future for in-place innovation in communities and to grow their regional economies through research and partnerships. This will unleash ideas, talent, pathways, and resources to create vibrant innovation ecosystems all across our nation.”

Key personnel involved in the effort are:


  • Dr. Joe Thompson, president and CEO of ACHI
  • Danielle Taylor, executive director of ACHI
  • Mellie Boagni Bridewell, president of the Arkansas Rural Health Partnership
  • Dr. Karen Matthews, president and CEO of the Delta Health Alliance
  • Charity Hallman, senior vice president of community and economic development for HOPE
  • Shelina Davis, CEO of the Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Dr. De’Shoin A. York, vice chancellor of extension and outreach for the Southern University Agricultural Research and Extension Center

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Phone Interviewer (Part-Time)

Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS) Phone Interviewer (Part-Time)

The PRAMS Phone Interviewer works in the Office of Public Health (OPH), Bureau of Family Health (BFH) and is
involved in many of the day-to-day PRAMS operational activities. This position is responsible for completion of
telephone surveillance operations duties for the Louisiana PRAMS project and will enable protocol-compliant
telephone data collection as outlined in the CDC PRAMS surveillance system protocol. This includes conducting
phone calls during evening and/or weekend hours as required:

• Perform all required phone interview operations activities as outlined in the CDC PRAMS protocol
• Perform any additional activities required to complete phone operations as outlined in the
CDC PRAMS protocol
• Complete all required training as mandated by Louisiana PRAMS and the CDC PRAMS protocol and
• Assure compliance in following the appropriate script to conduct telephone interviews
• Assist in the management of all batch activities in PIDS, the PRAMS operations tracking software
including survey data entry, new numbers entry and logging of received surveys
• Conduct PRAMS data collection, including conducting quality checks of data entered and make
corrections as necessary
• Assist in the preparation of all out-going mail and process all incoming mail (completed surveys and
returned mail)
• Meet staff data entry quotas, as well as interview call and completion quotas
• Search for new numbers and enters numbers according to operational schedule
• Assist in the preparation and distribution of all rewards using systematic approach and detailed logs for
tracking by batch, mom, and gift card number
• Inform the PRAMS Manager of activities on a frequent basis through participation in weekly meetings
• Participate in CDC training visits, workshops and conferences as necessary
• Work with PRAMS Manager, PRAMS team, CDC, and other PRAMS states to develop strategies and
solutions to problems and situations regarding data collection and management
• Maintain confidentiality and security of all data according to state and federal requirements and
• Participate in community MCH events, such as local “Baby Showers”, to promote PRAMS and track
community outreach events throughout the year
• Assist in efforts to prepare PRAMS materials
• Attend BFH staff meetings, workgroups and planning sessions as required
• Assist with special projects as necessary
Department of Health and Hospitals • Office of Public Health • Bureau of Family Health
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
• Strong computer skills and applications (including knowledge of word processing, Microsoft Office
programs, Windows, and file management)
• Business English and Math knowledge and skills are necessary to conduct the day-to-day operations.
• Excellent communication skills, especially oral communication skills
• Excellent organizational skills
• Ability to maintain accurate records
• Ability to enter data accurately into computer programs
• Ability to learn new computer software as required by the project
• Ability to exercise sound judgment
• Ability to work as a team member
• Ability and willingness to be trained in new and technical areas
• A bachelor’s degree is preferred, or a high school diploma with several years of experience in a health
related field with relevant work experience will be considered.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Human Resources Manager

Human Resources Manager

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

Our Values

We take responsibility and ownership of our work and our impact on one another, our
partners, and our communities.

We model the mantra “Nothing about us without us” in our work that is anchored in

We approach our work with imagination, ingenuity, and calculated risk-taking as a
commitment to progressive transformation.

We are deeply committed to centering diversity, inclusion, justice, and fairness in all that
we do.

We are dedicated to exceeding expectations and are committed to continual
improvement through listening, learning, and leadership.

Partnership & Trust
We build strong, long-lasting, and committed relationships through collaboration and
teamwork, the cornerstones of our efforts to advance health and wellness.

Position Summary

The Human Resources Manager provides strategic, managerial and implementation support to the Senior Director of Talent Management and assists with insuring that the Human Resources department is effective, efficient and performing all the daily functions of the department.

The Human Resources Manager performs a variety of supervision and day-to-day HR duties in all phases of the talent management process including talent acquisition and onboarding, employee relations, benefits administration, record keeping, project implementation, compensation, learning and development, performance management, and compliance.

This is an exempt, full-time hybrid position.

Minimum Qualifications

· Bachelor’s degree in Human Resources, Counseling, Psychology, Organizational Development, or closely related field required; HR certification preferred.

· 4+ years of relevant human resources generalist experience required, preferably in a non-profit environment.

· A deep and demonstrated commitment to building diversity, equity, and inclusion into HR practices.

· Strong verbal and written communication skills, including outstanding grammar, excellent proofreading skills, and exceptional ability to write business correspondence.

· Outstanding facilitation, interpersonal, communication/presentation, and coaching skills.

· Excellent organizational skills, ability to be flexible and multi-task with demonstrated resourcefulness in setting priorities.

· Attention to Detail is a must

· Places a heavy emphasis on tasks and meeting deadlines

· Experience managing HR in multiple states is a plus

· Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required with experience managing Human Resources Information Systems, preferably Paylocity.

· Proficient in Microsoft Suite, particularly Excel

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Recruitment, Hiring, and Onboarding

· Implement and maintain a highly competitive recruitment and retention strategy for attracting, hiring retaining talented, motivated, and an high performing staff and build a strong pipeline of diverse and qualified candidates that serve both the specific requirements of projects/programs and LPHI’s broader organizational goals

· Implement and oversee recruitment and hiring policies including maintaining applicant database, exploring new technology, developing interview questions, conducting interviews, advising on appropriate pre-employment testing, conducting background and reference checks, and communicating with candidates.

· Acts as a staffing agent assisting in identifying and recruiting qualified candidates hired by LPHI for work with contracted organizations including local and state agencies.

· Manage and execute the practicum and intern programs, including creating and maintaining relationships with universities and organizations statewide for recruitment opportunities.

· Provide support to managers throughout the hiring process to ensure equitable and effective hiring practices.

· Implement a clear, compelling, and inclusive onboarding process that grounds all new employees in our shared values, core competencies and approaches.

Human Resources Management and Administration

· Implement and create a tactical plan that coincides with the overall strategic plan and objectives for the department and organization.

· Incorporate LPHI’s diversity, equity and inclusion framework into all HR management activities and develop programs to help achieve diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and objectives.

· Stay up to date on best HR practices and changes to HR law and recommend updates to HR policies and procedures to respond to new requirements that may arise.

· Serve as system administrator for LPHI’s HRIS, including development, maintenance, and implementation of new technologies.

· Promote excellent working relationships with all staff that are part of the recruitment, onboarding, and compliance process to ensure that staff view HR as a customer-friendly support team.

· Clearly communicate new and existing HR policies through various strategies such as workshops, webinars, manuals, handbooks, videos, e-mails, etc.

· Partner effectively with external organizations as needed in areas such as recruitment, compliance, benefits, and talent development.

· Leverage data analytics to drive organizational decision-making and advancement for core facets of HR-related activities.

· Maintain positive, strong, credible, professional, and interpersonal relationships with all parties relevant to LPHI and represent the best interest of LPHI at all times.

Operations and Compliance

· Manage HR budgets and contribute to overall agency budget regarding fringe benefits and other HR-related items.

· Ensure that LPHI follows all federal, state, and local employment laws, regulations, licensing, and training requirements for staff.

· Assist with the analysis, maintenance, and communication of current legal and compliance issues as they change and develop. Assist with the analysis of current staff, terminated staff, resigned staff, and vacancies along with associated data.

· Maintain compliance with all HR-related 990 items such as compensation studies.

· Oversee benefits administration, including benefit renewal, communication, liaison to broker and insurance providers, and administrator of the benefits system.

· Establish, maintain, and oversee confidential HR and personnel files, including time and attendance, performance reviews, health and information and benefits, employee grievances.

· Research employment law issues to improve the administrative functions of the organization and consult with legal counsel to reduce the risk of company liability.

· Serve as a liaison and resource to LPHI staff and supervisors’ issues on HR related

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging

· Assist with the implementation of the values-centered cross-organizational equity plan which will include an HR policy audit and working in partnership with the operations team to ensure alignment with the organizational equity plan.

· Support and ensure the existing internal equity work aligns with the equity plan

Perform other duties or special projects as necessary.

Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities · Care deeply and is committed to LPHI’s Strategic Plan Priorities, Mission, Vision and Values with ability to demonstrate LPHI’s core competencies.

· Ability to exercise discretion and diplomacy especially in complex and confidential situations.

· Ability to maintain professionalism at all times.

· Strong knowledge of industry standards, best practices, regulatory requirements, and employment law.

· Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, mission-driven environment; flexibility with an ability to maneuver effectively in the face of uncertainty and transition.

· Strong interpersonal skills and ability to work collaboratively and effectively on a team and with internal and external stakeholders and diverse partners.

· Ability to work and manage effectively in a matrix environment including working with teams and teams of teams in order to extrapolate plans and create results through critical thinking and exercising sound judgment.

· Ability to think from a “systems” perspective; understanding the interrelatedness of components within systems and finding synergies and appropriate connections which drive change and improve the whole.

· Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; ability to manage multiple priorities effectively and efficiently while regularly meeting deadlines.

· Strong emotional intelligence skills, including interpersonal skills and experience working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.

· Demonstrated learning orientation.

· Ability to champion and manage change.

· Demonstrated ability to deliver with excellent quality and impact.

· Ability to model and inspire authentic leadership; and coach, manage and develop team members.

· Ability to makes others feel able to discuss sensitive issues without fear. A naturally empathetic leader who inspires trust among employees.


· Minimum starting salary of $55,000

· LPHI offers a competitive benefits package


Equal Opportunity Employer

Associate Director – Operations & Health Promotions – TFL

Associate Director – Operations & Health Promotions

Position Summary:

This Associate Director’s primary role, under the direction of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) Director, is to assure the management, monitoring, and development of project budgets, contracts, and reports, while supervising a Senior Manager and supporting (leading and delegating) development and implementation of forward-looking, evidenced-based health promotion within TFL and other LCRC-funded projects. In addition, this position has the responsibility of facilitating and monitoring day-to-day operations and health promotion activities – cessation, youth programming, disparities, and health equity, and LCRC-related projects, providing strategic assistance to senior manager, and supporting TFL Director. This position will work in close collaboration with the TFL Director and LPHI’s Communications and Monitoring Evaluation and Learning shared services to build and implement strategic plans, budgets and manage contracts that ensure effectiveness, efficiency, and sustainability. The Associate Director will have the supervisory responsibility of the one senior manager: this senior manager will supervise three staff. As a team member, the Associate Director must uphold organizational values and norms as defined by TFL, LPHI, and LCRC leadership. The Associate Director will have a direct reporting relationship to the TFL Director.

LPHI is headquartered in New Orleans, with employees based throughout the state. This position will be New Orleans-based with an office/remote hybrid schedule option.

Minimum Qualifications:

· Master’s in Public Health, Public Policy, Health Care Management, or related field required

· Ten years of experience in tobacco and/or cancer prevention and control preferred

· Five years of experience managing supervising staff, projects or contracts required

· Experience working with community organizations and partners required

· Experience with budget management and negotiation required

· Experience with grants and contracts management and negotiation required

· Experience with program planning and evaluation preferred

· Experience working on statewide or national health programs preferred

· Experience working with tobacco cessation initiatives preferred

· Experience with proposal development processes

· Ability for occasional travel, which may be required.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities Project Management & Supervision

· Facilitate day-to-day operations in collaboration with TFL Director and team

· Provide high-level direction, technical assistance, guidance, and all aspects of oversight to:

o TFL budgets, contracts, reports

o LPHI shared services team members

o Grantees

o Contractors

· Supervise staff, including Senior Manager & Appointed Interns or Fellows

· When requested/as needed, develop national, regional, and local partnerships between public health organizations and community interest groups to further tobacco and cancer prevention and control in Louisiana

· Assist in sustainability planning for Louisiana tobacco prevention and control and lung cancer screening efforts

· Assist in the ongoing integration efforts of LCRC and LPHI

· Develop and complete reports or paperwork necessary for program management and reporting, including:

o Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (LCRC)

o Annual & Quarterly Reports

o Board and Committee Updates

· Participate in workgroups and strategic planning to further the mission of LPHI

· Work with MEL staff on evaluation planning and management

· Support the development of national, regional, and local relationships that generate opportunities to evaluate public health programs and inform the field of public health practice

· Perform other duties as assigned

Business Development

· Support the development of national, regional, and local relationships that generate opportunities to evaluate public health programs and inform the field of public health practice

· Identify and assess appropriateness of funding opportunities

· Write and contribute to proposals, scopes, and budgets

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

· Strong commitment to LPHI’s Strategic Plan Priorities, Mission, Vision and Values and ability to demonstrate LPHI’s core competencies

· Demonstrated abilities in project or contract management

· Defined leadership abilities necessary to manage and develop staff

· Exceptional organization skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks

· Ability to think proactively and function independently, while functioning effectively as a team member and collaborator

· Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate technical information in a non-technical manner

· Demonstrated ability to ensure high-quality service and service continuity

· Demonstrated emotional intelligence skills, including interpersonal skills and experience working with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds

· Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite


· Minimum starting salary of $90,000.00 dependent on education and experience.

· A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Public Health Program Evaluator

Public Health Program Evaluator

Position Type: Contract, full time

Civil Service Equivalent Job Title: Program Monitor or Program Manager 1A DOE

Domicile: Baton Rouge or New Orleans, LA

Salary Range: $48,000 - $60,000 DOE

The Bureau of Chronic Disease Prevention and Healthcare Access (BCDPHA) is located within the Louisiana Department of Health’s (LDH) Office of Public Health (OPH) and branded Well-Ahead Louisiana. Well-Ahead Louisiana is dedicated to improving the health of Louisiana residents in rural and underserved areas by working proactively to build community health systems’ capacity; providing integrated, efficient and effective healthcare services; and promoting healthy lifestyles within each community. This position is located in the Surveillance and Evaluation Division and reports to the Evaluation Manager. The Program Evaluator will be responsible for designing and executing the evaluation components, as well as, statewide surveillance of a program area. This includes utilizing 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. Hybrid or remote working options available.


· Master’s Degree in Public Health with a concentration on Epidemiology

· Experience in conducting evaluation and surveillance activities for public health programs

· Proficient in geographic mapping software (ArcGIS)

· Proficient in Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Access)

· Excellent oral and written communication skills, with the ability to communicate data in plain language

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

· Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to work well on a team

· Proficient in advanced statistical analysis packages (SAS/R)

· Experience with graphical software (Tableau)

· Strong attention to detail

· Ability to think proactively and function independently

· Good organization skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks

· Ability to travel in Louisiana

50% Design and Execute Evaluation of Diabetes Program

· Create and execute annual evaluation plans, in collaboration with the Division/Grant Manager, to inform and engage program staff and diverse stakeholders. This can include:

o Manage and upgrade current databases in use.

o Conduct routine analysis of program process and outcome data.

o Identify key process and performance indicators with guidance from CDC and in

consultation with appropriate stakeholders

o Conduct key informant interviews with program staff and partners to identify topics for success stories, program strengths and limitations, and other essential information related to grant activities and evaluation.

· Create and maintain database to track program implementation progress and report activity status to appropriate Grant Manager(s).

· Monitor activity efficiency, efficacy, barriers, and facilitators and report findings and recommendations to appropriate Grant Manager(s).

· Participate in grant-related meetings and training.

· Advise the Grant Manager(s) and relevant stakeholders on the interpretation of evaluation results and implications for program planning.

· Evaluate health equity in programmatic work and ensure best practices are implemented to the extent feasible.

· Identify benchmarks for closing gaps for population groups experiencing health disparities to improving health equity in programs.

· Present evaluation work at a professional conference or submit a manuscript for publication in a relevant academic journal.

· Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in the most current data, trends, and best practices for program area.

· Engage members of population groups affected by health disparities in the formation of evaluation inquiries and coordinate with the Health Education and Community Engagement team to share evaluation results with individuals reached.

30% Surveillance of Diabetes Program

· Manage monthly tracking databases to track program activities, outputs, and outcomes.

· Analyze program-related data to monitor performance measures and assess program impact.

· Use data to help create products (presentations, reports, factsheet, etc.) that clearly communicate data to the intended audience and help drive program activities and decision-making.

· Develop and maintain subject matter expertise in the most current data, trends, and best practices for program area.

· Use graphical and mapping software to create visualizations of data for a variety of audiences.

· Respond to internal data requests from the Well-Ahead team and external data requests from a variety of stakeholders to provide data and other information as needed.

· Demonstrate strong commitment to quality improvement cycles of data analysis and data product creation processes.

10 % Reporting and Communications

· Assist the Division/Grant Manager with the completion of grant reporting requirements.

· Disseminate program accomplishments and evaluation findings to stakeholders via reports, impact statements, success stories, presentations, and appropriate data visualizations.

· Complete all other required evaluation and reporting deliverables within grant timelines.

· Identify opportunities to present evaluation work at professional conferences or submit manuscripts for publication to relevant academic journals.

10% Other duties as assigned

· Collaborate with partners, external stakeholders, and relevant coalitions on special projects.

· Provide evaluation support for new 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.

· Participate in team meetings for the Surveillance and Evaluation Division.

· Participate in continuing education activities related to evaluation and health equity, and implement new skills in evaluation activities.

· Participate in grant writing as needed.

· Travel within Louisiana 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.


Equal Opportunity Employer

Research Coordinator, Health Services Research

Research Coordinator, Health Services Research

Position Summary

The Research Coordinator is responsible for supporting research, surveillance, and quality improvement initiatives for REACHnet by performing both scientific and project coordination functions, as well as contributing to project plans, proposal development, and funding applications. This position provides the opportunity to apply a variety of research, methodological, writing, and management skills to support research activities. The position requires frequent collaboration with local and national partners.

This role will support multiple projects in the Health Services Research portfolio. The Research Coordinator will be responsible for supporting the successful planning and implementation of projects in collaboration with LPHI team members, partners, and stakeholders. Integral to this role will be conducting literature reviews, writing proposal and/or concept documents, fulfilling regulatory requirements for research projects, engaging

patients and other stakeholders, reporting deliverables to funders, and disseminating research findings.


Minimum Qualifications

· Master’s degree in epidemiology, health services research, or related field

· 2+ 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

· Familiarity with statistical software, specifically Stata, SAS, and/or SQL

· 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

Support projects leveraging clinical data

· Support research projects and public health surveillance initiatives, including scientific and project coordination activities

· Collaborate with LPHI staff and local and national partners in the conduct of research and surveillance projects, including COVID response projects, state and national chronic disease surveillance, health services research, quality improvement, and projects connecting clinical and social data

· Develop and track 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

· Contribute to dissemination products; write and contribute to briefs, manuscripts, website content, and presentations

· Conduct literature reviews and develop background and significance narratives for research and/or surveillance initiatives

Proposal and partnership development

· Support development of 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 through collaborative projects

Project management

· Support multiple projects simultaneously while effectively working with internal staff and external partners

· Develop project plans, manage timelines, and ensure high quality deliverables

· Understand 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 project outputs to research community and stakeholders

· Track projects’ activities and progress and fulfill reporting requirements for milestones and deliverables to partners and/or funders

· Plan and facilitate meetings; document agendas and notes

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 (i.e., workgroups, committees)

Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Competencies

· Commitment to LPHI’s mission, vision, and values with ability to demonstrate the organization’s core competencies

· 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 interns

· Excellent written and oral communication skills

· 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

· Strong organization skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks


· Minimum starting salary of $45,000 dependent on education and experience

· A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff


Equal Opportunity Employer

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Epidemiologist

Maternal Mortality and Morbidity Epidemiologist

Job Description

Bureau of Family Health, Louisiana Office of Public Health – New Orleans

This position is assigned to the Center for Community and Preventive Health in the Office of Public
Health (OPH) and will serve as the lead Pregnancy Associated Mortality Review (PAMR)
epidemiologist. This position will assist with monitoring and evaluating proposed grant strategies
and activities and support the Louisiana Perinatal Quality Collaborative (PQC). As such, this position
will serve as a bridge between initiatives by tracking both mortality cases and severe maternal

  • Coordinates the overall collection of Louisiana PAMR and PQC data. Duties include ensuring data
    are abstracted and entered into electronic systems in a timely manner; performing or overseeing
    some data entry, performing data editing, analyses, evaluation and data requests.
  • Responsible for the analysis and dissemination of Louisiana PAMR and PQC data, including all
    quantitative and qualitative data analysis for the creation of the annual PAMR Report

Duties include the following:

  • Reviews all data that are entered by the MCH Coordinators into the MMRIA database
  • Reviews and enters all data from committee decisions forms into MMRIA database after a PAMR
    review meeting, including committee recommendations
  • Participates in case review meetings and assists in recommendation facilitation
  • Participates in the preparation of case narratives and materials, including socio-spatial analyses
  • Examines linkages with Vital Records and other data sources on a regular basis to resolve any
    systematic case identification errors
  • Validates and documents the completion of quality assurance checks in MMRIA
  • Conducts quarterly Louisiana Hospital Inpatient Discharge Database (LAHIDD) data pulls for Severe
    Maternal Morbidity (SMM) and mortality
  • Reports on SMM and LaPQC process measures to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Alliance
    for Innovation on Maternal Health (AIM)
  • Conducts Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) on LaPQC reporting and MMRIA data
  • Tracks trends in assignment of cause of death and develops strategies to meaningfully share that
    information with relevant stakeholders
  • Analyzes cause of death assigned in Vital Records data and compares to results from the case review
    process to better understand trends in maternal mortality
  • Analyzes MMRIA data for trends and distribution of cases
  • Analyzes trends in maternal mortality data and outlines in PAMR reports and annual briefs provided
    to the Governor’s Office, the State Legislature and stakeholders. This position serves as the primary
    analytic point of contact for data requests related to maternal mortality and the generation of the
    annual PAMR report.
  • Manages evaluation and performance measurement for ERASE MM grant activities
  • Reports maternal mortality rates and monitors regional, state, and national trends to identify
    changes in Louisiana’s maternal mortality rate
  • Participates in CDC Maternal Mortality Workgroups
  • Works as part of the Data to Action Team to support analytic needs of BFH

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Epidemiology, Biostatistics or related field plus one year of
    professional level experience in epidemiology.
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, especially oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to maintain accurate records
  • Ability to enter data accurately into computer programs
  • Ability to use computers and applications (including Microsoft Office products).
  • Intermediate SAS preferred with minimum of 9 credit hours in epidemiology and/or biostatistics
  • Prior experience with MCH and/or surveillance operations preferred

Salary is commensurate with experience: $44,845- 55,989. A competitive benefits package is offered to
all LPHI full-time staff.


Equal Opportunity Employer

TFL Regional Manager, (South Central Louisiana) The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL

TFL Regional Manager, (South Central Louisiana) The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL)


LPHI Background

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), founded in 1997, is a statewide community-focused 501(c)(3) nonprofit and public health institute committed to ensuring all Louisianans have fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well. Our work applies a holistic approach to the promotion of public health and includes areas of focus like tobacco prevention and control, building healthier communities, community needs assessment, behavioral health, disaster response, and more. To support this work, we build and nurture authentic partnerships with both community members and partners to align action for health.


We are a highly experienced team of professionals with different backgrounds and experiences who are dedicated to making a positive, lasting impact on the lives of Louisiana residents. Our employees’ point of view is critical to our success and equity is everyone’s responsibility. Our partners represent a broad range of stakeholders including government, academia, healthcare systems and providers, mental health and social services, community-based organizations, policymakers, business leaders, and community advocates. We work collaboratively to build community capacity to address social constructs (i.e., racism, income inequality, built environment, etc.) that impact health outcomes.


Position Summary

LPHI administers tobacco control and prevention programming focused on improving the health of Louisianans by reducing tobacco use and exposure to secondhand smoke through community capacity-building, promoting cessation services, policy, and advocacy, and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities. A major portion of this programming consists of the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL), which began in 2003, and is an evidence-based, statewide, comprehensive tobacco control and prevention program funded by the state’s tobacco excise tax through a contract with the Louisiana Cancer Research Center (LCRC). The TFL program is guided and advised by the TFL Steering Committee and Advisory Board.


The TFL Regional Manager is responsible for the development, management, coordination, and implementation of the TFL program and initiatives and local policy campaigns in South Central Louisiana (e.g., Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) Region 2, part of Region 3, and Region 9 - Ascension, Iberville, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Point Coupee, West Baton Rouge, West Feliciana, St. James, Assumption, Livingston, and St. Helena Parishes). The TFL Regional Manager will communicate local developments and regional programs to the TFL Sr. Regional Manager, TFL Associate Director, fellow regional staff, and the LPHI team through regularly scheduled meetings and reports.


This position is full-time, benefit-eligible, and reports to the TFL Senior Regional Manager. Given the position’s policy campaign efforts, it will require non-traditional hours, including some night and weekend work as well as occasional travel.

LPHI is headquartered in New Orleans, with employees based throughout the state. This position requires residency in Ascension, Iberville, East Baton Rouge, East Feliciana, Point Coupee, West Feliciana, St. James, Assumption or West Baton Rouge parish. West Baton Rouge parish houses part of Baton Rouge. Baton Rouge already has smoke-free bars and gaming facilities; thus, we are looking for candidates with ties and experiences in the other aforementioned parishes (or municipalities within the parishes). Lastly, candidates should have the ability to telework.


Minimum Qualifications:

· Master’s degree in public health, Public Administration, Public Policy, Education, or related field required or equivalent combination of experience and education

· 5+ years of relevant professional experience required

· Demonstrated effective professional and interpersonal relationship experiences and principles

· Experience working on health-related community change/advocacy, community outreach, mobilization, and/or capacity-building programs, including tobacco prevention and control, and event planning

· Experience in formal report writing preferred

· Ability to travel up to 60% (during non-COVID times)


Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Program Management, Planning, and Implementation

· Manage and maintain a regional office to serve as a site for planning and development of TFL and programs and initiatives

· Compile program reports for TFL’s Senior Regional Manager and other staff as requested

· Implement health equity program planning processes and tools specific to

community impact, partnerships, planning, and resource allocation

· Coordinate with TFL’s Senior Regional Manager, Media and Communications, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL), and other TFL staff to identify opportunities to collaborate on statewide tobacco prevention and control programs and initiatives

· Manage and maintain a regional budget including travel and other expenditures


Partnerships & Collaboration

· Mobilize collaborations and partnerships within and outside of LPHI and TFL

· Serve as public relations and/or media point-of-contact for region working in close partnership with the LPHI Communications staff and strategic partners.

· Develop regional partnerships with related public health organizations, community interest groups, business organizations, and local municipalities on public health programming opportunities.

· Participate and provide technical assistance to regional Healthy Communities Coalition (HCC) with specific attention to tobacco-related goals.

· Provide tobacco control education and outreach to support TFL policy priorities and initiatives.


Document and Support Community Mobilization

· Work with TFL staff to keep detailed records of community mobilization and relationship-building efforts in the region.

· Work on health-related community change/advocacy, community outreach, mobilization, and/or capacity-building programs, including tobacco prevention and control, and event planning

Perform other duties as assigned.


Desired Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

· Strong commitment to LPHI’s Strategic Plan Priorities, Mission, Vision, and Values with ability to demonstrate LPHI’s core competencies.

· Knowledge of the different rural areas of the region with significant knowledge and rural connections

· Extensive knowledge of public health and social issues in Louisiana and experience working on local Louisiana health programs preferred.

· Extensive knowledge of and experience working with some statewide partners, networks, or organizations whose work focuses on policy, system, or environmental changes.

· Strong oral and written communication skills to represent LPHI and TFL to community members, statewide smoking prevention initiatives, state, and local government representatives, including the ability to explain public health priorities and issues in compelling terms and to communicate complex ideas clearly and effectively.

· Ability to collaborate with colleagues and partners.

· Ability to think proactively, function independently, and contribute effectively to team success.

· Exceptional emotional intelligence, including interpersonal skills and experience working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds.

· Practices a learning orientation.

· Ability to champion and manage change.

· Demonstrated ability to deliver with excellent quality and impact.

· Ability to maintain a highly detail-oriented approach while maintaining an appreciation of the long-term goals and objectives of the program.

· Ability to apply systems thinking and act strategically.

· Ability to approach tasks in a solutions-orientated manner and with an entrepreneurial spirit.

· Demonstrated ability to interact with media, including television, radio, and print.

· Knowledge of the different regional areas of Louisiana with significant knowledge and networks in all regions.

· Ability to manage multiple priorities.

· Ability to work non-traditional hours as needed and travel statewide several times per year.

· Ability to utilize virtual meeting platforms, including but not limited to GoToMeeting, Zoom, and Microsoft Teams to execute community engagement activities.

· Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite



· Minimum starting salary of $55,000.00 dependent on education and experience.

· A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff, including flexible/remote work policy.



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Public Health Epidemiologist, SEET, Office of Public Health

Public Health Epidemiologist, SEET, Office of Public Health

Position Summary

The Section of Environmental Epidemiology and Toxicology (SEET), within the Office of Public Health, Center of Community and Preventive Health, Bureau of Infectious Diseases, investigates the health effects of chemical exposures in populations. The purpose of the Louisiana Healthy Homes and Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (LHHCLPPP) is to eliminate childhood lead poisoning in Louisiana through identification and management of elevated blood lead levels in children and removal of lead sources in the environment as a means of prevention.

Minimum Qualifications

  • A master's degree in epidemiology or a related field.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Clean, modify, process, and output data (CSV, Excel) preferably in SAS;


  • Develop reports as needed by LHHCLPPP staff;


  • Understand database schemas and tables to perform and develop queries in SQL Server Management Studio;


  • Recognize and adopt best practices in reporting and analysis: data integrity, test design analysis, validation, and documentation;


  • Perform data linkages with housing, Medicaid, and other data systems;


  • Assist in identifying issues related to data quality, data sources, and data processing;


  • Troubleshoot problems related to reporting of lead data;


  • Conduct epidemiological analysis of data;


  • Conduct presentations pertaining to the program’s data to community and professional groups;


  • Participate in internal and external team meetings and assist with program reporting;


  • Obtain continuing education through personal study, training videos and speaker presentations;


  • Other duties as assigned.




  • The salary is dependent on education and experience, but the approximate range is $45,000-$60,000.


Equal Opportunity Employer



Project ASIRT Looks to Reduce Tobacco-Use in Priority Populations

NEW ORLEANS- Addressing Systemic Inequities to Reduce Tobacco (ASIRT), a program of Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) is seeking to engage local community leaders, organizations, and residents in Black, rural communities (Ferriday, Jonesville, Lake Providence, Tallulah, Bastrop, Delhi, Opelousas, Kentwood, St. Joseph, and Newellton) to work towards addressing systemic inequities that drive high rates of tobacco use. Partnership grants up to $20,000 will be awarded to community-based organizations (CBOs). Rural health clinics (RHCs) and federally qualified health centers (FQHCs)in priority communities can receive up to $10,000.

Tobacco use causes chronic diseases that plague Black, rural communities. The stress of overt and systemic racism and other social inequities exacerbates high rates of tobacco use and health disparities in these communities. Policy changes at local, state, and organizational/institutional levels can impact health outcomes and decrease tobacco usage. Beyond decreasing tobacco use, Project ASIRT aims to support communities in improving the quality of life for their residents through capacity building and resources to achieve other goals unique to each community.

Grants will be used to address systemic inequities that contribute to high rates of tobacco use and other conditions in Black communities, increase the use of cessation programs for those who want to quit smoking, and create and promote prevention strategies for those who are not tobacco users.

Applicants committed to addressing complex social factors, including but not limited to transportation barriers, food insecurity, and digital inequities, within their communities in order to improve health disparities, are encouraged to apply.

Applications are live and can be found at LPHI.org/ASIRT.

Tentative timeline:

  • December 21, 2022: Application Submission Deadline
  • January 25, 2023: Award Notification – Applicants will be notified of funding decisions via email
  • February 15, 2023: Contract Signing Deadline – Grant contracts must be signed and returned to LPHI by this date
  • March 1, 2023: Project Period Begins

Please note: All deadlines and performance period may be adjusted/extended based on the needs of the project.

Project ASIRT is funded through a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: Building Capacity to Reduce Tobacco Inequities in the South and Midwest.

Contact SKennedy@lphi.org.

Next Era Grant Applications Now Open

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living’s Next Era program is now accepting applications. Youth leaders can earn $5,000 in grants to help support tobacco-free messaging among youth. In addition, students receive ongoing training on running campaigns, public speaking, leadership, and other skills to help them to develop professional life skills. Get more information and submit an application at WeAreNextEra.org.

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Strategic Plan

FY2022-2024 Strategic Plan


It has become clear over the past few years that the public health landscape shifts and changes at an
ever-quickening pace. LPHI’s role is to be both responsive to the immediate public health needs of
Louisiana residents and to create an environment for long-term public health improvements. In order to
do so, LPHI has created a three-year strategic plan to outline and guide the public health impact of the

Priority Areas and Goals

The guiding elements of the strategic plan include four new Priority Areas: Racial Justice and Health Equity, Partnerships and Collaboration, A Healthier Louisiana, and A Thriving Organization. A Year One Action Plan has been developed for each of the Priority Areas.

Racial Justice and Health Equity

Make LPHI a model for racial justice and health equity.​

Partnerships and Collaboration

Nurture and cultivate partnerships and collaborations to accelerate community impact.

A Healthier

Create a healthier Louisiana by applying our expertise, assets, and innovation.

A Thriving Organization

Build a thriving learning organization that embodies adaptability, equity, and lays a strong foundation for excellence. ​


“The COVID-19 pandemic has caused all of us to think more broadly about the health of the nation, particularly the most vulnerable among us. LPHI is uniquely positioned to effectuate change in the health of Louisiana residents. Strategic planning ensures a clear and deliberate focus in priority areas that are measurable and that demonstrate the impact we can make in our communities as we work collectively with our partners.”

- Kathleen B. Kennedy, Pharm.D., Immediate Past Board Chair, Louisiana Public Health Institute Board of Directors

LPHI Releases 2021 Survey Results on Youth and Young Adult Health in Shreveport

(April 5, 2022) The Louisiana Public Health Institute’s (LPHI) Geaux Talk program released a report titled Youth and Young Adult Health in Shreveport, Louisiana: 2021 Survey Results that outlines the state of health for Shreveport youth and young adults ages 15-24. Overall, survey respondents indicated that mental and sexual health are the biggest concern in the region. The report also looked at additional topics including violence, academic performance, emotional abuse and neglect, bullying, substance use, suicide, nutrition/obesity, and more.  


In conjunction with the release of the report, Geaux Talk hosted an art contest asking Shreveport youth to submit pieces of art that demonstrate what health means to them. Submissions answered the question: “What is the greatest health issue facing young people today?” The third-place winner was Zara Linnear who submitted a piece called Behind Closed Depressed Doors. Jade Burris was second with a piece called Duality. First place went to Julianna Goutherie for her piece called I want to, but I’m not Allowed. 


“Young people in the Shreveport region deserve access to quality and comprehensive health services and education,” said Kristie Bardell, managing director at LPHI. “This report helped us identify the existing resources, gaps in services, major health concerns for this age group, the challenges in addressing health outcomes, and the opportunities for improving the overall health.” 


The assessment, which used a mixed-methods approach to gather community input, was conducted amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has exacerbated underlying mental health concerns and the effects of trauma on the mental well-being of young people. Mental health was mentioned as a top concern by every stakeholder type. Young people felt overwhelmingly as though there are not enough resources to support mental health and that there were few places to turn for services. Stigma also plays a large role in preventing youth from accessing services and information for both mental and sexual health. 


Regarding sexual health, youth focus group participants, CBOs, and health service providers, in particular, felt that sexual health remained a taboo topic in the area and that there was a lack of sex education and resources. Between 2016 and 2018, young people under the age of 24 accounted for 71% of chlamydia diagnoses and 62% of gonorrhea diagnoses in the Shreveport area. The Louisiana Department of Health Public Health Region 7, where Caddo Parish is located, had the third-highest number and rate of chlamydia and gonorrhea diagnoses in Louisiana. 


“Improving and supporting adolescent health requires understanding the social determinants of health for young people in the Caddo Parish area,” said Arien Ragster, Family Health senior program coordinator for LPHI. “By educating youth and young adults on these health factors, as well as programs and resources that are available in the community, we can begin to address some of these issues and improve adolescent health.” 


Despite challenges, participants identified many opportunities for advancing the health of young people in the region. These include advancing technology, building community support and trust, and engaging parents. Each system plays a unique and integral role in working together to meet the needs of young people in the community. Those interested in joining a coalition to support this work should visit GeauxTalk.org and enter an email address in the “Get Involved” section on the homepage.  


Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Diversity and Inclusion Statement

Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) characterizes diversity as representing the differences and similarities of all of us that include, for example, individual characteristics (e.g., disability, age, education level, poverty status, rural/urban setting, race, ethnicity, and sexual orientation), values, beliefs, experiences and backgrounds. TFL characterizes inclusion as creating a work environment and programming in which all individuals are treated fairly and respectfully, have equal access to opportunities and resources, and can contribute fully as their authentic self to TFL’s mission.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and Well-Ahead Announce New Tobacco Data

January 12, 2022 – Today, The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) and Well-Ahead Louisiana released the 2020 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data on adult tobacco use in Louisiana.

From 2019 to 2020, the percentage of Louisiana adults who smoke fell from 21.9 percent to 18.3 percent, a nearly four percent drop. Data shows the largest decreases in Louisiana adult smokers without a high school diploma (40.6 percent in 2019, 34.8 percent in 2020), in households earning below $50,000 (28.3 percent in 2019, 23.7 percent in 2020), in households earning below $15,000 (41.1 percent in 2019, 30.2 percent in 2020), Black men (28.1 percent in 2019, 21.4 percent in 2020), Black women (16.9 percent in 2019, 10.9 percent in 2020), and members of the LGBTQ+ community (28.7 percent in 2019, 23.0 percent in 2020). Additional data can be found here under the “Priority Populations” section.

“We are cautiously optimistic about the 2020 BRFSS data showing a decrease in the number of Louisiana adults who smoke,” said Dr. Earl Benjamin-Robinson, director of TFL. “We know that 2020 was an extremely stressful year for everyone and that cigarette sales increased but more information is needed to assess how stressors like the COVID pandemic and past hurricanes have affected Louisiana’s smoking prevalence. We continue to provide support services for those who want to quit and advocating for smoke-free ordinances to protect Louisianans from secondhand smoke.”

The BRFSS is a collaborative project between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and US states and territories. The survey is conducted each year via telephone and is designed to collect data on health-related risk behaviors, chronic health conditions, and use of preventive services.

“We applaud anyone who wants to quit tobacco in the new year, because we know it’s not easy, but we also know the health benefits are worth it,” said Jabari Sullen, Division Manager, Tobacco Control and Health Policy of Well-Ahead Louisiana, the chronic disease prevention and healthcare access arm of the Louisiana Department of Health. “By taking advantage of Quit With Us, Louisiana’s quit coaches and nicotine replacement therapy, you’ll start off on the right track and have tools to help you quit for good.”

Louisianans interested in quitting tobacco can visit www.QuitWithUsLa.org or call 1-800-Quit-Now to connect with a quit coach and create a personalized Quit Plan. Coaches are available 24/7, seven days a week. Quit With Us, Louisiana also provides counseling services over the phone, via text, through an app, or on the website chatbox. Quit Coaches can also provide cessation medication and make recommendations on what prescription medications participants can review with their doctor. Young adults and individuals seeking to quit vaping can get vaping-specific cessation assistance by texting “VAPEFREE” to 873373.

Delta Center Community of Practice Application Process Now Open

LPHI, in partnership with the Community Health Center Association of Mississippi, Louisiana Primary Care Association, and Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers, is pleased to announce that we will be facilitating a community of practice (CoP) in 2022 that will focus on equitable access to telehealth services. The CoP will engage behavioral health and primary care organizations in Louisiana and Mississippi that collaborate with each other to provide care to underserved communities. This CoP is part of a larger initiative – The Delta Center: Advancing Equitable Care and Payment for Telehealth in Louisiana and Mississippi.

As temporary measures to enable telehealth during the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency are in transition at the national and state levels, healthcare organizations must now determine if and how they will continue to use telehealth to reach and improve the health outcomes of the people they serve. The CoP is designed for organizations interested in growing and sustaining telehealth services in a way that complements in-person care delivery and provides equitable access.

Instructions on how to apply can be found in the “How to Apply” section below.

Learning Objectives

  • Participants will increase their understanding of health equity, including how to apply the concept to their work and how health equity is related to health outcomes.
  • Participants will increase the capacity of their organizations to effectively deliver telehealth beyond the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency period.
  • Participants will improve access to telehealth services in an equitable manner that is aligned with the needs and circumstances of the population they serve.

Participant Organizations

CoP participants must apply as a team made up of one primary care organization and one behavioral health organization that serve the same community. There will be a total of 8 participant organizations in 4 teams: 2 in LA and 2 in MS.

This opportunity is open to organizations that have a federal or state designation that identifies them as a provider that serves underserved communities as part of the healthcare safety net. Designations may include but are not limited to Federally Qualified Health Center, Rural Health Clinic, Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic, Community Mental Health Center, Human Services Authority, and Local Governing Entity.

Time Commitment and Key Activities

The CoP will take place for 1 year, from March 2022 through February 2023.

We recommend that each organization identifies 1 – 2 staff members as “champions” to consistently participate in all CoP activities and lead dissemination and implementation efforts at their organizations. Other staff members may be engaged as needed for sessions and activities that apply to their specific area of work.

Anticipated time commitment (per person):  34 hours over one year

  • 4 learning sessions: 90 minutes each (6 hours)
  • 4 individual check-ins: 30 min each (2 hours)
  • Complete 2 assessments: 1 hour each (2 hours)
  • Dissemination and implementation within their organization: 2 hours/month (24 hours)


Each participant organization within the team will receive a stipend of up to $5,000 for the one-year community of practice.

How to Apply

The application template is available for download here. Instructions for submitting a completed application are included in the downloadable template.

An informational webinar about this opportunity was held on 1/21/22. A recording of the webinar is available here.

Applications will be accepted through 2/21/22. Notices of acceptance will be sent in March.

Public Health Epidemiologist (Morbidity and Mortality), Bureau of Family Health, Office of Public Health

Public Health Epidemiologist (Morbidity and Mortality), Bureau of Family Health, Office of Public Health  

Position Summary

This position serves Louisiana’s Office of Public Health within the Bureau of Family Health (BFH). This position performs data collection, analysis, and evaluation work involving the planning, gathering, analysis and reporting of statistical data associated with Maternal and Child Health (MCH) and violence and injury surveillance outcomes, and grants administration associated with the Bureau of Family Health’s morbidity and mortality surveillance efforts.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Public Health, Concentration in Epidemiology plus a minimum of 2 years professional experience
  • Prior program management experience preferred
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written, especially oral communication skills
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Intermediate to advanced SAS, R or STATA, LinkPro, GIS software preferred with minimum 9 credit hours in epidemiology and/or biostatistics

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Coordinates the overall collection of morbidity and mortality surveillance data for MCH mortality reviews, and Violent death prevention initiatives.  Duties include case identification; ensuring data are abstracted and entered into the appropriate case review electronic systems in accordance with CDC standards; performing or overseeing data entry, data linkage, performing data editing/cleaning, analyses, and evaluation.
  • Participates in the analysis and dissemination of Louisiana morbidity and mortality data.  Duties include the following: Participates with the Louisiana Violent Death Reporting System (LA-VDRS) advisory workgroup; works with SAS statistical software to obtain frequencies through univariate and bivariate analyses of data; provide all data and develops and manages development and dissemination of reports.
  • Supports case review efforts through the provision of valid, reliable data.
  • Develops and implements morbidity and mortality surveillance grant evaluative methods.
  • Participates in surveillance analyses resulting in data dissemination products and abstract preparation and submission.
  • Supervises morbidity and mortality epidemiology staff and LA-VDRS Abstractors.
  • Assists the Principal Investigators/Project Directors with management of the morbidity and mortality related grants for the BFH.
  • Oversees identification and validation of mortality cases for review processes.
  • Represents the BFH in national, regional and local workgroups.


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

LPHI Outlines Long-Term Public Health Improvements with a New Strategic Plan

December 2, 2021 – The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) has proudly served the residents of Louisiana for nearly 25 years. It has become clear over the past few years that the public health landscape shifts and changes at an ever-quickening pace. LPHI’s role is to be both responsive to the immediate public health needs of Louisiana residents and to create an environment for long-term public health improvements. In order to do so, LPHI has created a three-year strategic plan to outline and guide the public health impact of the organization.

“I want Louisiana to be the healthiest state in the Nation,” said LPHI CEO Shelina Davis. “I know that is not something that will happen quickly, but it is something that we all must begin to strive for. It is through that lens that we acknowledge the critical need for having a solid strategic plan to guide our path forward.”

The guiding elements of the strategic plan include an updated mission statement, vision statement, and set of values, along with four new Priority Areas: Racial Justice and Health Equity, Partnerships and Collaboration, A Healthier Louisiana, and A Thriving Organization.

“For years, LPHI has spoken out about the many factors that contribute to health, with a strong focus on the negative impacts of racism and inequity,” said Linda Usdin, LPHI board chair. “Undergoing the strategic planning process at this moment ensures that we are resolute in addressing the challenges we face and increase the impact of public health practices and guidelines.”

By implementing this plan, LPHI will be able to increase the impact of public health practices and guidelines and grow the scope and number of organizational partners. Each priority area is supported by a goal that provides overall direction. A Year One Action Plan has been developed for each of the priority areas, which highlights specific strategies that LPHI is committed to achieving in the first year of the plan’s implementation. The action plan will be updated annually to provide direction for the year.

Tulane University GRID Toolkit

Tulane University and LPHI partnered with stakeholders to address engagement in research on COVID-19 among communities who have been historically underrepresented as researchers and participants. The project introduced tools and mindsets designed to address disparities in health research by engaging in equity-centered work. Through a process of co-design, the team produced a toolkit to guide investigators and stakeholders in identifying research topics that are important to people on health issues that significantly impact their lives. The work on this equity-centered design toolkit was funded by a Eugene Washington Engagement Award from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

The full toolkit is available here.

Live Vape Free gives teens new tool to quit vaping

November 9, 2021 – The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) and Well-Ahead Louisiana are calling on youth to quit vaping and offering them a new tool to help.

Live Vape Free is a free texting program for Louisiana teens ages 13 to 17 who use e-cigarettes or vapes. The interactive program teaches skills that teens can use to quit vaping for good.

“We’ve learned that rates of depression and anxiety in children and adolescents have doubled since the start of the pandemic[i],” said Dr. Earl Benjamin-Robinson, director of TFL. “While teens may be turning to vapes to help with their mental state, another study has shown that sustained use of e-cigarettes actually increases the rates of depressive symptoms in youth[ii].”

“This, along with the physical harm vaping causes, makes it more important than ever that teens know about the cessation resources available to them.”

The rate of e-cigarette use among Louisiana teens has tripled since 2015, according to the Louisiana Youth Tobacco Survey.[iii] Live Vape Free is part of cessation services offered through the Louisiana Tobacco Quitline.

“Teenagers always seem to be on their phones, so we wanted to offer this support to meet them where they are,” explained Well-Ahead Louisiana Director Melissa Martin. “Quitting a tobacco product isn’t easy for anyone, but we must provide the tools to help our residents – even our youth – try.”

The support provided through Live Vape Free is text-message based and offers interactive coaching specifically geared towards teens. Participants have access to a Quit Coach at any time who can provide additional education, tools, and guidance to help them along their quit journey. Features include videos, quizzes, self-assessments, podcasts, and help for a teen to find their “why.”

Any teen in Louisiana ages 13 to 17 can enroll by texting “VAPEFREE” to 873373 and answering a few quick questions to get started.

The Louisiana Tobacco Quitline is a 24-hour, confidential, free tobacco cessation helpline that links people who are ready to quit using tobacco with trained tobacco cessation specialists who help create an individualized plan to quit. The Quitline can provide Louisiana residents free counseling and nicotine replacement therapies to help them quit tobacco for good.

A program of the Louisiana Public Health Institute, TFL engages in local and statewide tobacco control policy efforts that focus on preventing tobacco use, eliminating exposure to secondhand smoke, promoting cessation services, and identifying and eliminating tobacco-related disparities. For more information, visit www.tobaccofreeliving.org.

Well-Ahead Louisiana is the chronic disease prevention and healthcare access arm of the state Department of Health. Well-Ahead connects communities to tools and resources that help improve the health of Louisiana’s residents where they live, work, learn and play. For more information, visit www.wellaheadla.com.


Geaux Talk Hosts Youth and Young Adult Art Contest in the Shreveport Area

(October 27, 2021) – Geaux Talk, a program of the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI), is focused on increasing access to health services and information for young people. In advance of releasing a report looking at the strengths, challenges, and opportunities impacting youth and young adult health in the Shreveport area, youth between the ages of 13 and 21 are invited to submit pieces of art that demonstrate what health means to them. Submissions should answer the question: “What is the greatest health issue facing young people today?”

To enter, send a registration form and a quality scan or a digital photograph (PDF/JPG files only) of visual art to geauxtalk@lphi.org. First place will win $400, second place will win $200, and third place will receive $100.

Geaux Talk (and Create!) About Your Health Art Contest

December 10, 2021
5 p.m.
Submissions due

First week in January
Winners announced

Shreveport area residents
Ages 13-21

TFL Issues Statement on FDA Approval of E-Cigarette Device

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living (TFL) and the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) are disheartened by the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) decision to approve the electronic cigarette created by tobacco company R.J. Reynolds. While we appreciate that the FDA is continuing to ensure all new tobacco products undergo the agency’s robust, scientific premarket evaluation, the fact that an e-cigarette product gained approval is concerning.

E-cigarettes have gained popularity with youth since their inception, creating a new generation of smokers who would not have previously used commercial tobacco. Previous data indicates e-cigarettes is the most common tobacco product used among all middle and high school students across most racial and ethnic groups; three in 10 LGBTQ+ youth currently vape with more than half of them having tried e-cigarettes.

Another concerning factor is that the 2021 National Youth Tobacco Survey found that approximately 10 percent of high school students who used vape products identified the R.J. Reynold product as the brand they use. With limited access to other e-cigarette products, we worry that young smokers will specifically seek out this product. We urge the FDA to monitor the sales of this product and continue the ban on all flavored tobacco products to prevent the initiation of tobacco use among young people.

While the product has been promoted as a cessation device, it has not been approved by the FDA for cessation. TFL offers cessation support for those interested in starting their quit journey through the Quit With Us, LA program. Support is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669) or visiting QuitWithUsLA.org.

Earl N. Benjamin-Robinson, DrHSc, CPH
Tobacco Control & Prevention and
Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living

Next Era Program Offering Community Advocacy Grants to Youth Organizations and Schools

September 23, 2021 –The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living’s youth initiative program, Next Era, is currently offering youth organizations and schools in Louisiana the opportunity to apply for a Community Advocacy Grant of up to $3,500. The submission deadline is Friday, October 8 at 4 p.m. The Scope of Work and application for the grant is available on the Next Era Website.

Next Era is a youth movement empowering high school teens to work toward meaningful change in their communities. Next Era currently focuses on organizations/schools that work with high school-aged teens (grades 9th-12th). The overall goal of the Next Era program is to reduce youth tobacco use rates in Louisiana.

“The Next Era students are offered opportunities to advocate for healthy change in their schools and local communities,” said Kenyatta Royal, youth programs and policy manager for The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco Free Living. “Students meet with elected officials, support policy change, and work with other students throughout the state, to create everlasting change in tobacco use.”

In addition to helping create a healthier Louisiana, Next Era students develop leadership, public speaking, professionalism, teamwork, and project management skills, that will help them build in school and throughout their futures after high school. This award provides support for (but not limited to) training, orientation, community presentations, youth education work, a Take Down Tobacco Day event, various community events, media campaigns, compensating Youth Advisory Board Members.

Applications must be completed by an Adult Coordinator. The Adult Coordinator will be responsible for facilitating the formation of a Next Era team. Next Era teams consist of youth 14-18 years old.

Shreveport Comprehensive Smoke-Free Ordinance Goes Into Effect August 1

(July 30, 2021) – The Shreveport Smoke-free Air Act, a smoke-free ordinance designed to protect the health of the City’s 193,785 residents, will go into effect for bars and gaming facilities on Sunday, August 1, 2021. Shreveport is the 30th municipality in Louisiana to implement a smoke-free ordinance. The implementation of this ordinance means that 30 percent of Louisiana’s total population is being protected from the harmful effects of secondhand smoke.

The ordinance was originally passed in July 2020 to be implemented in August 2020, but implementation was later delayed until August 2021. In July 2021, an amendment was introduced to exclude gaming facilities from the ordinance. The amendment was ultimately tabled and the Smoke-free Air Act will include both bars and gaming facilities when it goes into effect over the weekend.

“The amount of support this ordinance received from community members shows that protecting bar and gaming service industry professionals, our community, and visitors from the dangers of secondhand smoke is the right step for Shreveport,” said Feamula Bradley, regional manager for the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL). “Putting our community’s health first, especially as we continue to navigate the COVID-19 pandemic, means a safer and more welcoming environment for everyone that will ultimately save lives.”

“We applaud the City of Shreveport on this smoke-free effort, as it sets a worthy precedent for all communities to recognize and follow,” said Earl Benjamin-Robinson, director of TFL. “We look forward to working with these organizations on a smooth implementation of the smoke-free ordinance and appreciate the support we have received from the community and the City Council.”

TFL is providing materials to assist with the implementation of the Shreveport Smoke-free Air Act. These materials include a brochure that details what the new ordinance does and does not do, best practices, steps for implementation, and a “No Smoking” sign to hang in establishments. Hard copies of these materials have been mailed to local businesses and digital versions are available at SmokefreeShreveport.org.

For more information on the growing movement to protect all Louisiana employees from secondhand smoke, visit www.HealthierAirForAll.org.

Individuals interested in quitting tobacco products can visit www.QuitWithUsLa.org or call       1-800-Quit-Now.