Human Resources Director

Human Resources Director

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.

Our Values

  • We take responsibility and ownership of our work and our impact on one another, our partners, and our communities.
  • Community-Centered. We model the mantra “Nothing about us without us” in our work that is anchored in communities.
  • 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 Director will play an essential role in shaping the organizational culture and driving LPHI’s efforts to continuously improve many facets of our organization with an eye toward our most important asset, our human resources. The HR Director will be responsible for managing all human resources activities within the organization while remaining in compliance with state, federal and local regulations. The HR Director develops policies and procedures and directs and coordinates all aspects of the human resources department including but not limited to employee relations, compensation, training and development, talent acquisition and management, performance management, compliance, and benefit administration. Ideal candidates will be detail- and people- oriented, enthusiastic, friendly, and approachable with the ability to guide the organization through recruiting, developing, and retaining a skilled, diverse, equitable, and inclusive workforce.  

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Human Resources, Counseling, Psychology, Organizational Development, or closely related field required; HR certification preferred.
  • 7+ years of relevant human resources management 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.
  • Experience managing HR in multiple states a plus
  • Advanced knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required with experience managing Human Resources Information Systems, preferably Paylocity.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Recruitment, Hiring, and Onboarding

  • Develop, implement and maintain a highly competitive recruitment strategy for attracting and hiring talented, motivated, and high performance 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.
  • Develop, 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.
  • Develop and 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

  • Develop and implement the overall strategic plan and objectives for the HR department.
  • 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.
  • Administer and oversee all human resource programs including, but not limited to, compensation, benefits and leave, disciplinary matters, disputes and investigations, performance and talent management, productivity, recognition and morale, occupational health and safety, and training and development.
  • 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.
  • Represent management in negotiating and advising on all HR related matters.
  • Develop a team that has 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.
  • Set and 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 

  • Create and 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.
  • Oversee the analysis, maintenance, and communication of current legal and compliance issues as they change and develop. Maintain 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 benefit 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 benefit information and 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 on HR related issues independently making decisions and relaying sensitive and/or confidential information as appropriate, as well as providing information to outside agencies and potential applicants regarding HR matters.

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.

 Salary/Benefits

  • Minimum starting salary of $95,000.00 dependent on education and experience.
  • LPHI offers a comprehensive, competitive benefits package

Equal Opportunity Employer

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Regional Manager, Region 6 (Alexandria Area – Central Louisiana), The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL)

Regional Manager, Region 6 (Alexandria Area – Central Louisiana), The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL)            

Organization Summary 

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) 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 contributed 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.

The Opportunity 

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 (of roughly $4.7M) with the Louisiana Cancer Research Consortium (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, initiatives, and local policy campaigns in Central Louisiana: Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn. The TFL Regional Manager will communicate local developments and regional programs to the 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 travel and non-traditional hours, including some night and weekend work.

LPHI is headquartered in New Orleans, with employees based throughout the state. This position requires residency in one of the LDH Region 6 parishes (i.e., Avoyelles, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Rapides, Vernon, and Winn). Presently, the position will be fully remote; therefore, candidates should have the ability to telework.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Public Health, Public Administration, Public Policy/Relations, Education, Communications, 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 telework and 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 tocommunity 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                                                                                                                        

  • Extensive knowledge of public health or 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 focus 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

Salary/Benefits:

  • Minimum starting salary of $55,000.00 dependent on education and experience.
  • A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.

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Strategic Plan

LPHI’s FY2022-2024 Strategic Plan

Overview

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.

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
Louisiana

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. ​

Highlights

“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

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/Benefits 

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.

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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.  

 

Chief Financial Officer

Chief Financial Officer

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 City Business 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.  

     Our Values 

  • Accountability. We take responsibility and ownership of our work and our impact on one another, our partners, and our communities. 
  • Community-Centered.  We model the mantra “Nothing about us without us” in our work that is anchored in communities.  
  • Creativity. We approach our work with imagination, ingenuity, and calculated risk-taking as a commitment to progressive transformation. 
  • Equity. We are deeply committed to centering diversity, inclusion, justice, and fairness in all that we do. 
  • Excellence. 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.

     Our Focus Areas

  • Community health assessment and health improvement planning
  • Disaster recovery and rapid response
  • Maternal child health and reproductive health
  • Mental health and wellness
  • Racial justice and health equity
  • Research and surveillance registries
  • Rural health
  • Tobacco prevention and control

     What We Do 

  • Administrative Support and Fiscal Sponsorship. Grants and Contracts Management.
  • Analytics and Data Translation. Community and health outcomes research and data governance and health information infrastructure.
  • Capacity Building and Technical Assistance. Clinical transformation with community-based organizations, healthcare organizations, and communities.
  • Community Action Forums. Convening and building collaboratives.
  • Marketing and Communications. We are dedicated to exceeding expectations and are committed to continual improvement through listening, learning, and leadership.
  • Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning. Community and health outcomes research.
  • Public Health. Inclusive of addressing social determinants of health.
  • Public Policy. Capacity building, relationship building, and network development.
  • Thought Leadership and Strategic Development. Strategic advisory services for multisector leaders and coalitions.

 Position Summary

Reporting directly to the CEO, as a member of the Senior Leadership Team, the Chief Financial Officer (CFO) will embody dynamic and decisive leadership; and will define and implement infrastructure/systems needed to support the continued growth of LPHI. This role is responsible for all finance and accounting functions of LPHI and its supporting organization while ensuring alignment with LPHI’s strategic plan priorities; and leading business services including directing and aiding leadership in designing, structuring, and operating business services. The CFO will lead and manage the Finance team which includes Director of Finance and Operations, Senior Managers of Finance, Contracts Manager (part-time), Finance Coordinator, and Administrative Assistant. This position is based in the Greater New Orleans area and requires domestic travel of approximately 20%.

Success in this role will be evidenced by meeting or exceeding financial health success metrics related to budgets, grants and contracts as outlined in LPHI’s Strategic Plan Action Plan Year 1 and beyond and ensuring the organizational remains fiscally sound.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in business administration, accounting, or finance required.
  • CPA licensed preferred; CMA licensed preferred.
  • 10+ years’ experience in accounting profession or practice at a leadership/supervisory level in a mission-driven environment, preferably a large nonprofit organization
  • 10+ years’ in financial management and compliance
  • Experienced in business management
  • Experienced in non-profit accounting/fund-based accounting, including experience in utilizing fund accounting systems
  • Experienced in implementing finance and accounting information technology solutions to support organizational growth along with supporting, coaching, and guiding teams in utilizing IT solutions for data-driven and informed decision making.
  • Experienced in business services, strategy, and operation, including business plan/model development, including contract development and management.
  • Demonstrated excellence in managing finance, accounting, budgeting, control, and reporting, including:
    • Experience in designing, implementing, and monitoring system controls
    • Experience in financial reporting, budget variance analysis, and cash management
    • Experience in compliance with regulation and accounting guidance/principles
    • Experience in preparing/recording financial transactions
    • Advanced financial experience in accounting budget planning and financial forecasting
    • Advanced expertise in grants and contract administration

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

 Lead and execute finance and accounting functions including planning, analysis, budgeting, reporting, and compliance

  • Share in overall senior leadership responsibility of advancing LPHI’s strategic plan for the development and implementation of initiatives and addressing critical strategic issues in finance and accounting matters.
  • Oversee and support finance team, in collaboration with senior leadership, with goals development, staff management and development, and  identification and filling of skills and capacity gaps.
  • Oversee long-term budgetary planning and cost management activities in alignment with LPHI’s strategic plan including development of LPHI’s annual operating budget.
  • Engage the LPHI board of directors’ finance committee around issues, trends, reporting, audit and other fiscal and/or operational matters.
  • Work closely with the Treasurer of the Board to develop and present timely and relevant financial information to the board.
  • Perform all required activities in order to close the books on a monthly basis and generate monthly financials for CEO and other stakeholders.
  • Provide overall financial management for LPHI’s supporting organization (PATH) and, in partnership with PATH’s Executive Director and Board of Directors, refine and continue to implement the business plan of the organization which will provide for the long-term sustainability of the Health Information Exchange run by PATH.
  • Ensure strict compliance to all terms and condition as stipulated in the diverse and varied awards agreements for the project under LPHI’s administration.
  • Develop the annual indirect cost rate proposal and submit to the Division of Cost Allocation.
  • Responsible for capturing, documenting, and recording of all financial activity to the organization’s general ledger accounting system in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP)
  • Lead the preparation and approval process for all financial reporting and metrics; prepare and communicate monthly and annual financial statements; including maintaining all financial schedules, including schedules of receivables, payables, deferred revenue and others as required.
  • Maintain appropriate insurance coverage to support the day-to-day organizational operations including General Liability, Directors &Officers Liability, ERISA coverage, and CyberSecurity.
  • Manage cash flow and forecasting; direct all financial, project-based, and portfolio accounting.
  • Act as Administrator of LPHI’s 401k retirement plan.
  • Lead and oversee the financial statement audit, benefit plan audit, and the preparation of applicable tax filing forms such as Form 990 (annual non-profit tax return) and Form 5500 (annual benefit plan financial reporting form); annual Form 1099 reporting
  • Develop, review and maintain all finance and accounting processes and procedures which assure the effective and efficient processing of information, and which provide for the safeguarding of the organization’s assets.
  • Review all current and future finance related systems, procedures, and processes and provide recommendations for continuous quality improvement.
  • Foster a culture of accountability and excellence amongst finance team and across all LPHI teams that is in alignment with LPHI’s strategic plan, mission, vision and values.

Lead business strategy and services including directing and aiding leadership in designing, structuring, and operating business services

  • Oversee business initiatives/operations to further organizational opportunities and advise LPHI Leadership of known/potential barriers for and risks to the organization.
  • Lead and oversee business development activities across the organization, including long-term sustainability planning and processes that bring new funding, programs, and partnerships into the organization.
  • Assure appropriate business infrastructure to support the development and delivery of our growing “fee for service” portfolio of work including leading and development of business service pricing/rate scales to support these engagements.
  • Oversee business activities to direct and monitor compliance with applicable Internal Revenue Code guidance/regulation for the purpose of assuring LPHI’s tax-exempt status.
  • Direct and guide leadership, managers, and staff in the practice of business service policies and procedures.
  • Advise Senior Leadership in sustainability planning and in resolving strategic business issues.
  • Lead, develop, and oversee effective internal control policy and procedure for the operation and delivery of business services.
  • Lead and develop all contract templates of the organization.
  • Lead, develop, and oversee internal pricing/budgeting tools used for business development operations across the organization.
  • Lead, develop, and oversee metrics in measuring business service performance for meeting strategic plan priorities and goals.
  • Oversee, support and advise LPHI Leadership in day-to-day business service operations.

Qualified Candidates will possess the following 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.
  • Direct experience or familiarity with governmental grants/contracts as well as award agreements from private philanthropy.
  • Advanced knowledge in Microsoft Office and accounting systems and software, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, Abila/Sage/MIP Fund Accounting (non-profit accounting software)/NetSuite, etc.
  • Strong knowledge of industry standards and regulatory requirements.
  • Experience in a fast-paced, entrepreneurial, mission-driven environment; flexibility with an ability to maneuver effectively in the face of uncertainty and transition.
  • Excellent presentation skills and ability to deliver complex financial information to non-financial personnel in a manner that is appropriate and easily understandable.
  • 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.
  • General knowledge and familiarity with political and budget contexts at the federal, state, and local levels.
  • 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.

 Salary/Benefits 

  • Minimum starting salary of $140,000.00 dependent on education and experience.
  • A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.

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Coordinator, Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL)

Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning (MEL) Coordinator

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 City Business 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.  

     Our Values 

  • Accountability. We take responsibility and ownership of our work and our impact on one another, our partners, and our communities. 
  • Community-Centered.  We model the mantra “Nothing about us without us” in our work that is anchored in communities.  
  • Creativity. We approach our work with imagination, ingenuity, and calculated risk-taking as a commitment to progressive transformation. 
  • Equity. We are deeply committed to centering diversity, inclusion, justice, and fairness in all that we do. 
  • Excellence. 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 MEL Coordinator is integral to advancing the MEL team mission to lead and partner with communities to ensure that community members are thoughtfully engaged and represented in equity centered evaluation and research. MEL Coordinators are responsible for coordinating the efficient and effective execution of project deliverables for a variety of assigned projects, in a culturally responsible and responsive manner. The MEL Coordinator will work cross-functionally to support MEL projects from externally funded sources and LPHI lead initiatives. The MEL Coordinator will work closely with other MEL team members, LPHI program staff, external partners, and community members to coordinate project activities and meet assigned project objectives. The MEL Coordinator will also support LPHI in the strategic advancement of its four priority areas: Racial Justice and Health Equity; Partnerships and Collaboration; A Healthier Louisiana; and A Thriving Organization.

The MEL Coordinator will report to a MEL Manager.

LPHI is headquartered in New Orleans, with employees based throughout the state. This position can be either New Orleans-based (office/remote hybrid) or fully remote from anywhere in Louisiana. This position may require occasional travel.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Bachelor’s degree in public health, social sciences, or related field required or equivalent experience
  • At least 1 year of previous professional experience
  • Strong oral and written communication skills, including the ability to effectively and innovatively communicate evaluation and research results to both general and targeted audiences.
  • Strong interpersonal and relationship building skills with experience working with individuals and groups of diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to think proactively, be a self-starter, and function both independently and as a team.
  • Strong organization and project management skills with the ability to manage heavy workloads and multiple tasks and meet deadlines.
  • Occasional travel may be required.
  • English/Spanish bilingual preferred

Essential Duties and Responsibilities 

Assist in the planning, coordination and execution of monitoring and evaluation projects 

  • Efficiently and effectively coordinate communication between MEL and its various stakeholders to support the timely achievement of project deliverables.
  • Assist in the development of project work plans and evaluation strategies
  • Design and maintain tracking systems for project deliverables.
  • Conduct basic analyses of qualitative and quantitative data.
  • Assist with proposal development and acquisition of funding.
  • Coordinate meeting logistics, prepare agendas, and take minutes.
  • Maintain project filing systems.

Assist in reporting and product development activities 

  • Coordinate and support qualitative and quantitative data collection.
  • Ensure consistent use of prescribed evaluation and research protocols, in alignment with public health best practices and in support of MEL’s mission and vision.
  • Support the creation of Institutional Review Board forms and submissions.
  • Responsible for data management of various projects. This includes data entry, data cleaning, and data management.
  • Translate findings and create data visualization tools, as appropriate, for diverse audiences.
  • Contribute to the development of dissemination materials, including manuscripts, presentations, and grant reports.
  • Meet contract and grant reporting requirements.

Additional responsibilities 

  • Participate in workgroups and strategic planning to further the mission and strategic plan of LPHI.
  • Attend and contribute to various projects, team, and LPHI staff meetings.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Strong commitment to LPHI’s Strategic Plan Priorities, Mission, Vision and Valuesand ability to demonstrate LPHI’s core competencies
  • Ability to collaborate effectively and build strong, positive relationships with colleagues and partners, both internal and external to LPHI
  • Exceptional emotional intelligence, including interpersonal skills and experience working with individuals and groups from diverse backgrounds
  • Strategic, self-motivated thinker who is always willing to learn something new
  • Strong, demonstrated verbal and written communication skills
  • Data entry, management, and cleaning
  • Ability to manage multiple projects at once/maintaining a heavy workload while responding to deadlines in a timely manner
  • Strong attention to detail and excellent organizational skills
  • Ability to communicate technical information in a non-technical manner
  • Working knowledge of quantitative and qualitative data collection tools (surveys, interview guides, etc.)
  • Training and/or experience conducting quantitative and qualitative data collection and analysis
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access

Salary/Benefits  

  • Minimum starting salary of $42,000.00 dependent on education and experience. 
  • A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff.

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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)

Stipend

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/Benefits

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.

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Surveillance Data Systems Manager, Bureau of Family Health, Office of Public Health

Surveillance Data Systems Manager, 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 will be responsible for the management of the Bureau of Family Health main Maternal Child Health (MCH) related data systems including birth, death and fetal death surveillance and Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS). Major responsibilities include managing the BFH’s State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) focused on maintaining essential data availability for MCH programs to support population health monitoring, quality improvement and evaluation of Title V programming and the statewide surveillance system – PRAMS, a major CDC-funded initiative assessing women’s behaviors and experiences before, during and after pregnancy.

Minimum Qualifications 

  • Master’s degree in public health, statistics or related field plus a minimum of 4 years of required experience.
  • Experience using quantitative methods and advanced statistical tools and software packages such as SAS
  • Advanced proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, and Access, along with knowledge of relational databases.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Maintains birth, death and fetal death files including file organization, creation of documentation and data dictionaries, and communication with data users
  • Documents and maintains file management protocols for the Data Action Team
  • Conducts data management, analyses and linkages; elevates data for programs and policies
  • Monitors Title V and MCH performance measures including improvement of efficiencies in tracking performance measures by automating processes (including, but not limited to creation of macros and coding templates as appropriate) for data imports
  • Prepares and submits grant progress reports and applications for funding
  • Develops and implements program and surveillance evaluations in support of Title V and PRAMS
  • Performs data management, statistical and technical activities for the linkage, analysis and interpretation of data, including large population level and surveillance data sets.
  • Compiles analytic results from internal and external, including but not limited to census, other national survey data sources to disseminate to internal staff, stakeholders, policy makers, and the public
  • Manages and updates the PRAMS protocol, supervises PRAMS staff and all grant related activities
  • Develops PRAMS survey questions in collaboration with the PRAMS Steering Committee
  • Analyzes PRAMS indicators and completes annual data reports and annual surveillance reports, and data dissemination plan and communication products
  • Monitors SSDI and PRAMS grant budgets and serves as the point of contact with federal funders
  • Participates in the development of MCH programs and policies based on collected data and analyzed to prevent adverse outcomes
  • Serves on national, state and multi-state teams or task forces

Desired Skills, Knowledge and Abilities

  • Experience with SAS, R and Stata analytic software
  • 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
  • Knowledge of deterministic and probabilistic data linkage techniques
  • Experience with linkage software, especially LinkPro and GIS software, ArcGIS.

Salary/Benefits

Salary Range: $62,000 – 74,000 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.

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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.

Senior Public Health Epidemiologist, Bureau of Family Health, Office of Public Health

Senior Public Health Epidemiologist, 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). Join the team to make a difference, protecting and promoting health of all Louisianans. 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.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s Degree in Epidemiology or Biostatistics with a minimum of 4 years of advanced analytic experience; PhD in Epidemiology or Biostatistics with MCH experience preferred
  • Management and supervision
  • Familiarity working with administrative claims and registry data and ICD 9 and ICD 10-CM codes
  • Experience performing complex analyses with large epidemiologic data systems
  • Experience with advanced statistical analysis packages (SAS and SAS-callable SUDAAN preferred and/or STATA and R)
  • Experience with authorship and submission of manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

Data Management and Analytics

  • Analyze and report MCH, violence, and injury indicators
  • Design, develop and oversee implementation of program evaluation efforts for MCH-related and injury and violence prevention programs
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge of sampling method, study design, data linkage, statistical analysis techniques, and program evaluation
  • Coordinate the overall collection of Louisiana MCH indicators.  Duties include ensuring data are analyzed and reported in a timely manner; performing or overseeing some data entry; and performing data editing, analyses, and evaluation in support of partner interventions
  • Assist in development of data management and standards protocols
  • Design and implement quality review of relevant surveillance systems, and identify opportunities for improvement/efficiencies in data management and reporting; Develop recommendations to enhance data capacity and/or analytic skill set of the BFH

Mentorship and Supervision

  • Provide senior epidemiologic support by conducting and/or supervising analyses of MCH-related and injury and violence surveillance data; validate staff data projects for content and accuracy; Develop and provide epidemiologic/statistical training plan.

Data Dissemination

  • Serve as a Subject Matter Expert in MCH, injury, morbidity, and mortality surveillance.
  • Demonstrate expertise in appropriate interpretation and translation of epidemiologic results; Provide data and otherwise assist in the development and dissemination of Louisiana surveillance or programmatic reports, data and policy briefs, newsletters, and other communications efforts; Disseminate analytic findings through submission of peer reviewed journal articles.

Desired Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

  • Advanced knowledge of sampling methods, study designs and analysis methods;
  • Advanced skills in the principles and practice of epidemiology and/or biostatistics, including multivariable and multilevel data analyses;
  • Knowledge of program monitoring and evaluation methods;
  • Ability to determine the applicability of epidemiologic data, draw appropriate conclusions, and make recommendations from analytic results;
  • Ability to write clear and appropriate statistical and epidemiological reports for scientific and lay audiences; strong technical writing skills; and prior peer-reviewed publication experience;

Salary/Benefits

Salary Range: $62,000 – 74,000 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.

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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.

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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.

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

WHEN:
December 10, 2021
5 p.m.
Submissions due

First week in January
Winners announced

WHO:
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
Director
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.

LPHI Named 2021 Top Workplace by The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate

The Louisiana Public Health Institute is honored to be selected as a Greater New Orleans Top Workplace for 2021 by The Times-Picayune and The New Orleans Advocate.

Our mission is to lead and partner with communities to ensure that everyone has fair and just opportunities to be healthy and well. We know that a healthy Louisiana begins with us and our work starts with a healthy and engaged team. We actively work to create an environment where our employees feel supported, valued, and connected to the work, both professionally and personally.

The Top Workplace selections are based on feedback given during an online employee engagement survey conducted by Energage, a third-party company that conducts a quantitative and qualitative assessment of nominated companies. Ninety-four percent of LPHI’s employees completed the survey.

LPHI and Healthy Blue Announce First Racial and Health Equity Learning Lab Cohort

(June 21, 2021) – The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and Healthy Blue are continuing their commitment to address the health and racial inequities that continue to impact the social wellbeing, health, and health outcomes of our communities throughout Louisiana. The commitment began with the inaugural Symposium on Racial and Health Equity in Louisiana, held in March 2021, and continues today with the announcement of the first cohort for the Racial and Health Equity Learning Lab. A video, designed to give viewers a sense of the spirit and purpose of the partnership, Symposium, and outcomes, was just released and is available at http://bit.ly/2021RacialHealthEquityLA.

“We are thrilled with the amount of interest in both the Symposium and Racial and Health Equity Learning Lab,” said LPHI CEO Shelina Davis. “Racism is a public health crisis and declaring it as such allows us to educate community members and public health professionals on its decades-long impact on Black, Indigenous, and People of Color and begin to address it here in Louisiana.”

The goal of the Racial and Health Equity Learning Lab is to increase the state’s capacity to address systemic barriers and social inequities that impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color’s (BIPOC) opportunity to attain their full health potential. LPHI, with support from Healthy Blue, is partnering with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to conduct its ADJUST (Advancing Justice Together) Workshop as part of the Learning Lab training curriculum. The Learning Lab is an opportunity to develop the expertise needed to succeed in today’s challenge of achieving health equity in Louisiana and will create a network of leaders across the state who are willing and able to guide the next generation of community and public health leaders into the future.

“By acknowledging systemic barriers caused by racism, increasing technical knowledge within the health field, and training additional community and public health leaders, we can create a stronger public health community that will achieve better health outcomes for Louisianans,” said Dr. Christy Valentine, Healthy Blue Plan President. “Healthy Blue remains focused and committed to addressing racial and health equity through our partnership with LPHI on the Learning Lab and the Racial and Health Equity Symposium.”

At the completion of the Learning Lab, the 30 participants will have increased their knowledge of core racial equity concepts and developed action plans for local application of the training curriculum. Participants will also be better equipped with understanding, compassion, and capacity for action around issues of equity and fairness in the public health field and our communities.

The members of the first cohort are:

Nick Albares
Volunteers of America Southeast Louisiana
Mary Alexander
Lighthouse Louisiana
   
Jamaka Batchelor
Healthy Blue
Sashika Baunchand
Outstanding Mature Girlz Organization
   
Kia Bickham
E Pluribus Unum
Krishann Burd
PACE of Greater New Orleans
   
Blythe Craft
Ochsner Health
Jamie Cyprian
Louisiana Public Health Institute
   
Jeanie Donovan
New Orleans Health Department
Felicia Downs
Felicia Downs LCSW, LLC
   
Erica Dudas
New Orleans Musicians Assistance Foundation
Julie Este-McDonald
Salt and Light Collaborative, Inc.
   
Christina Illarmo
Institute of Women & Ethnic Studies
Dr. Kathy Jackson, LPC
   
Stephanie Kennedy
Louisiana Public Health Institute
Karen Kosinski
Healthy Blue
   
Tiffany Lewis
Louisiana Fair Housing Action Center
Veronica Magee-Jackson
Brotherhood, Incorporated
   
Kimberlee Mix
New Orleans BioInnovation Center
Tabitha Nicholas
Dieticians in Home
   
Emily Nykaza
Humana
Michelle Ozah
Louisiana Public Health Institute
   
Miriam Perez Cordova
Southeast Louisiana Area Health Education Center
Terri Ricks
Department of Children and Family Services
   
Roderic Teamer
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Louisiana
Lisa VanHoose
University of Louisiana Monroe
   
Brandon Vincent
Graduating Senior at Loyola University
Lacey Wilson
LDH – Bureau of Family Health

The Symposium, held in March 2021, brought together more than 550 individuals and organizations from across Louisiana and beyond to address systemic inequities and build relationships to achieve racial and health equity. The event explored how systemic racism has impacted public health efforts for generations and LPHI officially declared Racism a public health crisis. Symposium speakers and panelists answered participant questions and discussed topics including the impact of poverty on community health; the intersection of mental health, the education system, and mass incarceration; and how the health care industry can address race-based disparities and access to quality health care.

These collective efforts by LPHI and Healthy Blue will culminate at the Second Annual Racial and Health Equity Symposium in April 2022.

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living Celebrates World No Tobacco Day with No Tobacco Shuffle Video

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living created a No Tobacco Shuffle song and video, with updated lyrics as a play on the Cupid Shuffle, to celebrate World No Tobacco Day on Monday, May 31. World No Tobacco Day is a yearly celebration that informs the public on the dangers of using tobacco, the business practices of tobacco companies, what the World Health Organization is doing to fight the tobacco epidemic, and what people around the world can do to claim their right to health and healthy living and to protect future generations.

Participating partners include the Louisiana Public Health Institute, Louisiana Cancer Research Center, Healthy St. Landry, Central Louisiana Healthy Communities Coalition, Well-Ahead, East Jefferson Hospital (LCMC), Girlie Girls Mentoring Program, and Northeast Delta Human Services Authority! Local musicians, including DJ Cupid, the creator of the Cupid Shuffle, DC Sills, and the Soul Revival Band also make an appearance in the video.

Currently, there are 30 smoke-free ordinances in place throughout Louisiana, protecting more than 1.4 million Louisianans from secondhand smoke. If residents are interested in more information about how to introduce a smoke-free ordinance in their jurisdiction, they can email HealthierAirForAll@lphi.org. Residents interested in quitting smoking can find resources to help them on their quit journey at QuitWithUsLa.org or by calling 1-800-Quit-Now.

LPHI Statement on the FDA’s Decision to Ban Menthol Cigarettes and Cigar Flavors

“We fully support the FDA’s decision to ban menthol cigarettes and all flavors in cigars. This decision will not only lower smoking rates, but it also addresses the racist and inequitable practices Big Tobacco has used for generations to market highly addictive menthol cigarettes to the Black community, low-income populations, and LGBTQ+ individuals.

This decision builds on the momentum we’re seeing right now for strategic conversations at the federal, state, and local levels about health equity and addressing institutional racism. People need the foundational understanding of our history to carry forward effective conversations and actions to address racial inequities. Eliminating menthol and cigar flavors is a step in the right direction to help us further address and eliminate inequitable health outcomes that disproportionally affect Louisiana residents.

Through our work on the Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living and Project ASIRT, we provide specialized support to community members, community-based organizations, and clinics to promote tobacco education and cessation efforts, with a special focus on addressing tobacco-related health disparities in the Black and LGBTQ+ communities. This decision aligns with our state-wide efforts and allows us to further our cessation work to better the overall health and wellness of all. Those interested in starting their quit journey can call 1-800-Quit-Now (1-800-784-8669) or visit QuitWithUsLA.org.”

Tiffany Jeanminette
Director
Policy & Equity
Louisiana Public Health Institute

Delta Center Awards More than $1.6M in Grant Funds to LPHI and 13 Other State Associations Across the U.S.

Last Fall, the Delta Center for a Thriving Safety Net (Delta Center) received three additional years of support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to continue the initiative. The initiative seeks to advance payment, policy, and practice change that ultimately cultivates health policy and a care system that are more equitable and better meets the needs of individuals and families. The Delta Center is excited to announce that it has awarded six grants totaling over $1.6 million to primary care and behavioral health state associations nationwide, as part of its second cohort of the State Learning & Action Collaborative. The second cohort expands the initiative’s reach to eight additional states, increasing the Delta Center’s impact. In addition, the Delta Center also awarded eight alumni grants to states that participated in the 2018–2020 cohort.

The project brings together state primary care associations (PCAs) and behavioral health state associations (BHSAs) to build relationships and take collective action to advance policy, payment, and practice changes that will benefit millions of people served by health centers and community behavioral health organizations. The Delta Center is managed by JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. (JSI) with the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) and the National Council for Behavioral Health (National Council), MacColl Center for Health Care Innovation at Kaiser Permanente Washington Health Research Institute (MacColl Center), and Families USA as strategic partners.

The Delta Center is proud to work with the selected organizations in the new cohort:

  • Alaska Primary Care Association
  • Alaska Behavioral Health Association
  • Association of Community Mental Health Centers of Kansas, Inc.
  • Bi-State Primary Care Association
  • Community Care Network of Kansas
  • Community Health Center Association of Mississippi
  • Louisiana Public Health Institute
  • Louisiana Primary Care Association
  • Mississippi Association of Community Mental Health Centers
  • New Hampshire Community Behavioral Health Association
  • Oklahoma Primary Care Association
  • Oklahoma Behavioral Health Association
  • Pennsylvania Association of Community Health Centers
  • Rehabilitation & Community Providers Association (Pennsylvania)

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, several states are centering telehealth in their projects, with a focus on developing equitable policies and practices. Other states bring a focus to behavioral health and primary care integration through implementation of the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic (CCBHC) model, engagement of state agencies and legislatures, and coordination of healthcare huddles between community health centers and community mental health centers. In alignment with Delta Center goals, grantees are elevating consumer voice in the design and implementation of their projects.

“RWJF is committed to pursuing a future in which healthcare is better positioned to coordinate with social services, public health, and to address community needs through integrated services. Through our work with the Delta Center, we have seen how passionately grantees are working towards that goal in service of improving patient outcomes and advancing racial equity.” said Andrea Ducas, senior program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. “We are excited to learn from the new cohort’s efforts over the next two years!”

Read more about the initiative and partners.

$4.9 Million for Patient-Centered Study of Adult Congenital Heart Disease Awarded to LPHI & Children’s National Hospital

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) has awarded $4.9 million to investigators at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and Children’s National Hospital to study how gaps in health care affect the health and well-being of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD).

The award supports the research team’s efforts to gather data on patients aged 18 years or older who have a CHD diagnosis, via 14 sites across the country. The study will draw on the vast health data resources of PCORnet®, the National Patient-Centered Clinical Research Institute, to conduct this study more efficiently. With health records for 66 million patients available for observational studies, the PCORI-funded PCORnet provides vast scale to power research on conditions affecting even small numbers of people.

This project will leverage the first patient-powered registry for adults with CHD—the Congenital Heart Initiative (CHI). Led by the team at Children’s National and launched with seed funding from the Heart Research Alliance at University of California – San Francisco (UCSF), the CHI was co-developed with input from patients, clinicians and researchers. Patients who are recruited for this research will participate via enrollment in the registry, which will allow researchers to ask patients directly about health, wellness, and any specific barriers to care.

“This unprecedented look at the health of adults living with congenital heart disease allows us to get a full spectrum view by combining clinical data with patient-reported health data,” said LPHI Chief Data Officer and Principal Investigator Thomas Carton.

The research is led by Thomas Carton and Anitha John, M.D., Ph.D., medical director of the Washington Adult Congenital Heart Program at Children’s National, two patient co-investigators, Ruth Phillippi and Scott Leezer, in addition to Mark Roeder from the Adult Congenital Heart Association and Anu Agarwal, M.D., representing the Heart Research Alliance at UCSF. Together, the team will examine rates of complications or associated illnesses, as well as how adult patients have accessed health care throughout their lives. The findings may help predict which patients are at greater risk of falling out of routine health care and when these gaps in care are likely to occur across a patient’s lifespan.

As identification, understanding, and treatment of CHD have improved over the last few decades, the number of adults living with CHD now exceeds the number of children born with these various structural defects today.

“With the increasing number of adult patients with CHD, it is important for us to understand how current recommended practices influence patient outcomes,” says Dr. John. “This project will guide us on how to best care for our patients, not just through childhood, but across their entire lifespans.”

PCORI’s Board has approved this award pending completion of a business and programmatic review by PCORI staff and issuance of a formal award contract. PCORI is an independent, nonprofit organization authorized by Congress in 2010 to fund research that will provide patients, their caregivers and clinicians, and other healthcare decision-makers with the evidence-based information needed to make better-informed health care choices.

Complimentary Haircuts and Beard Trims for Acadiana Musicians

The Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living (TFL) is partnering with Frederick Hair Studio and Archie’s Beauty & Barber Salon to host “Get Your Groove Back On,” a day of complimentary haircuts and beard trims for musicians in the Acadiana area.

Through its Healthier Air for All initiative, TFL has worked to support the overall health of musicians by making all public places in Louisiana, including music venues, bars, and gaming facilities, smoke-free. When musicians feel good, whether from breathing healthier air, feeling supported by the community, or from receiving a fresh new haircut, they perform better.

This complimentary haircut day is being offered to any Acadiana musicians regardless of their ability to pay. Appointments are required and can be set up by calling 337-234-4054 and mentioning Get Your Groove Back On.

WHO:
Louisiana Campaign for Tobacco-Free Living
Frederick Hair Studio
Archies Beauty & Barber Salon

WHEN:
Monday, April 26
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

WHERE:
Frederick Hair Studio
317 Jefferson St, Downtown
Lafayette, La. 70501

LPHI Releases Second Statewide COVID-19 Survey Data

The Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) released findings today from the second statewide COVID-19 survey that was conducted in February 2021. The survey was commissioned by the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and builds upon data collected in LPHI’s original COVID-19 survey that was conducted in June 2020. The main focus of the 2021 survey was vaccine willingness. Both survey reports and additional information are available on LPHI’s website here.

The survey broke down vaccine willingness into three categories: willing, hesitant, and unwilling. According to the 2021 survey data, 50 percent of Louisianans are willing to get the vaccine. Thirty-five percent of survey respondents indicated that they are hesitant to receive the vaccine and 15 percent say they are unwilling to get the vaccine.

Vaccine hesitancy is highest among white women and Black men, while unwillingness is highest among Black women. When looking at age, hesitancy is highest in men and women between the ages of 18 and 29. One in three respondents who identify as women and are of reproductive age say they are unwilling to get the vaccine. Location also plays a role, with Louisianans in urban areas indicating that they are more willing to get a vaccine than residents in rural areas.

“This data helps us better understand vaccine willingness in Louisiana based on a variety of factors and what information is needed to help Louisianans make an informed decision about getting the vaccine,” said Shelina Davis, CEO of LPHI. “We appreciate the support from the Louisiana COVID-19 Health Equity Task Force and hope that information from the survey will help organizations around the state with their COVID-19 outreach and vaccination efforts.”

The biggest motivator cited for getting the vaccine was “Protecting my family.” The biggest factors for hesitancy and unwillingness to get the COVID-19 vaccine are concerns about side effects, safety, and efficacy. When respondents were asked “What information about the Coronavirus vaccine would like you like more of,” the COVID-19 vaccine safety, efficacy, and side effects were the top choices.

When looking at sources of information about the COVID-19 vaccine, respondents indicated that doctors, healthcare providers, and friends and family were the most trusted sources. The least trusted sources are public figures, including athletes, musicians, and business owners. The top forms of media from which people get information about COVID-19 differed based on age. TV was the top source for individuals overall. Social media, the internet, and friends and family were also top sources for those between 18 and 44. Social media was also a top choice for Black residents and those who indicated they are unwilling to get the vaccine.

LPHI and Healthy Blue Announce Actionable Next Steps Following Racial and Health Equity Symposium

On Thursday, March 11, the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI) and Healthy Blue hosted the first annual Racial and Health Equity Symposium, bringing together more than 550 individuals and organizations from across Louisiana and beyond to address systemic inequities and build relationships to achieve racial and health equity. The Symposium explored how systemic racism has impacted public health efforts for generations and declared it a public health crisis.

During the event, speakers discussed and answered participant questions on topics including the impact of poverty on community health; the intersection of mental health, the education system, and mass incarceration; and how the healthcare industry can address race-based disparities and access to quality healthcare.

“The first annual Symposium was inspiring and thought-provoking,” said Dr. Christy Valentine, Healthy Blue Plan President. “I want to thank our speakers and panelists who challenged norms, generated ideas, and facilitated discussions around how attendees and partners can work together to address racial and health inequities in Louisiana.”

During the conclusion of the Symposium, LPHI announced the creation of a coalition dedicated to ending institutional racism in Louisiana, and participants were offered the opportunity to sign up and further their advocacy. Healthy Blue will continue the work towards equity by sponsoring a series of Racial Equity Learning Labs that LPHI will facilitate throughout the year.

“We wanted to ensure that the momentum from the Symposium was not lost and that actionable opportunities were created for attendees to continue the important work of achieving racial and health equity,” said Shelina Davis, CEO of LPHI. “The coalition and learning labs offer an opportunity for participants to better understand how to start and continue working on these issues in their own communities – leading to a healthier and more equitable Louisiana.”

The coalition will work with diverse individuals and multi-sectoral organizations to recognize and address structural racism as a social driver of health, by acknowledging and addressing persistent racial disparities in criminal justice, housing, education, healthcare, employment, worker protections, climate, food access, and technology; and engage all communities to advance health equity.

The LPHI coalition will also work with the state to declare racism as a public health crisis in Louisiana.

Similar declarations are currently happening across the nation. Currently, Arizona, the District of Columbia, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, Utah, Virginia, Wisconsin, have legislation towards this end. These declarations are an important step to receiving funding and resources to achieve health equity. Those interested in joining the coalition can register here. The first meeting will be held virtually on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.

The Racial and Health Equity Learning Lab is a unique professional development experience for Louisiana community and public health leaders. Twenty-five community leaders will be selected to participate in the six-month cohort. Interested individuals can submit an application here.

With support from Healthy Blue, LPHI is partnering with the Michigan Public Health Institute (MPHI) to conduct its ADJUST (Advancing Justice Together) Workshop that will increase the statewide technical knowledge and training capacity of community health leaders in Louisiana. During the Learning Lab, participants will increase their knowledge of core racial equity concepts and develop action plans for local application of training curriculum.

Participants will be better equipped with understanding, compassion, and capacity for action around issues of equity, equality, and fairness in the public health field and our communities. These trainings will provide the foundation for a collective community strategy with strategic goals and benchmarking for creating statewide movement for equitable practices, policies, and procedures that encourage and sustain diversity and positive changes.

These collective efforts by LPHI and Healthy Blue will culminate at the Second Annual Racial and Health Equity Symposium in 2022.

LPHI and LDH to host “All Things Covid-19 Vaccine – A Tele-Townhall for Sharing Information and Answers”

Join LPHI and the Louisiana Department of Health (LDH) for a series of virtual community conversations called “All Things Covid-19 Vaccines – A Tele-Townhall for Sharing Information and Answers.” Each event will be moderated by Shelina Davis, CEO of LPHI, and Earl Benjamin-Robinson, director of LDH’s Office of Community Partnerships & Health Equity. Local panelists will include each region’s medical director, faith-based leaders, and community advocates.

The goal of these events is to provide information about the COVID-19 vaccine, dispel myths, and answer direct questions from participants. The dialogue will also focus on equitable health outcomes for all Louisianans, especially the African American community who has been disproportionately impacted by COVID-19.

Monday, April 12
Region 4 & 5 (Acadiana and Lake Charles Areas)
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Recording available here

Tuesday, April 13
Region 6, 7, & 8 (Alexandria, Shreveport, and Monroe Areas)
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Recording available here

Wednesday, April 14
Region 1, 3, & 9 (Greater New Orleans, Houma-Thibodaux, and North Shore Areas)
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Recording available here

Thursday, April 15
Region 2 (Baton Rouge Area)
6:30 – 8 p.m.
Recording available here

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