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A day in the life at the Louisiana Public Health Institute

The variation in my daily tasks is probably my favorite aspect of working as an Evaluation and Research Fellow at the Louisiana Public Health Institute (LPHI). From my first days excitedly following LPHI people around in our Poydras tower office, conducting literature reviews and learning about LPHI’s different portfolios, to the past few weeks meeting other community researchers and health providers, writing manuscripts, and taking trips to clinics in other parts of the Delta region, I’ve learned a lot. Here’s what I did today, for instance:

  • 9-11am: Typed up and coded staff feedback from the January Health Equity Workgroup Brown Bag session. Data will be reported back to staff in next Health Equity Workgroup meeting so we can gauge the level of awareness and open-mindedness about health disparity issues.
  • 11-11:30am: Donated blood in the 5th floor atrium. The Blood Center regularly comes to our building!
  • 11:30-12pm: Walked to Rouses to grab snacks for lunch.
  • 12-2pm: Read through a previously conducted literature review and manuscript draft on the Greater New Orleans Health Information Exchange report that former LPHI employees began. This report will reflect on the Developmental Evaluation approach that LPHI used to evaluate the GNOHIE program.
  • 2-4pm: Continued working on annotated bibliography for a report that the Enterprise Data Management Committee will produce. The report will use both neighborhood data and health outcomes data to identify relationships between housing conditions and chronic health conditions in New Orleans.
  • 4-5pm: Picked back up on my work in the Assessment Workgroup, where we have been curating literature and developing how-to guides on the various types of evaluative assessments LPHI offers. This work will ultimately culminate with brief informational pamphlets to explain to the greater New Orleans community the services LPHI offers, and with longer guides to build the capacity of LPHI Evaluation staff to conduct the assessments themselves.
  • 5-5:30pm: Wrote this blog post.
  • 5:30pm: A very brief bike ride back to Deming!

I’m grateful that my supervisors, Lisanne Brown and George Hobor, are also mentors, and that I’m given so much autonomy and creativity in my work. I’m glad that I decided to serve at LPHI under AmeriCorps, knowing that my efforts are within an evidence-based and holistic field.


If you peer closely, you can see my face on the 12th floor! ha just kidding






One comment on “A day in the life at the Louisiana Public Health Institute

  1. Jack Styczynski
    March 29, 2017

    Riding my bike back to Deming after work…those were the days!

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