Research Coordinator, Health Services Research
Organization Summary

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

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

Position Summary

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

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

Minimum Qualifications

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

Support projects leveraging clinical data

Support research projects and public health surveillance initiatives, including scientific and project coordination activities
Collaborate with LPHI staff and local and national partners in the conduct of research and surveillance projects, including COVID response projects, state and national chronic disease surveillance, health services research, quality improvement, and projects connecting clinical and social data
Develop and track metrics for research projects and operations needs
Present data in visualizations and other formats that are understandable by non-technical audiences and/or appropriately tailored for specific audiences
Contribute to dissemination products; write and contribute to briefs, manuscripts, website content, and presentations
Conduct literature reviews and develop background and significance narratives for research and/or surveillance initiatives
Proposal and partnership development

Support development of proposals and applications for funding opportunities in research, surveillance, and/or stakeholder engagement projects
Develop national, regional and community partnerships with public health entities, academic institutions, healthcare delivery systems, community interest groups and stakeholders to further LPHI’s mission and business development
Manage relationships with external partners and cultivate new partnerships through collaborative projects
Project management

Support multiple projects simultaneously while effectively working with internal staff and external partners
Develop project plans, manage timelines, and ensure high quality deliverables
Understand budgeting, contracting, regulatory, and other administrative processes
Fulfill regulatory requirements for research projects, including writing study protocols, completing and submitting IRB documentation, and ensuring compliance with protocol
Identify and take initiative to create processes or improve operations to optimize efficiency in project execution
Develop presentations and documents to disseminate project outputs to research community and stakeholders
Track projects’ activities and progress and fulfill reporting requirements for milestones and deliverables to partners and/or funders
Plan and facilitate meetings; document agendas and notes
Organizational initiatives

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

Desired Competencies

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

Minimum starting salary of $45,000 dependent on education and experience
A competitive benefits package is offered to all LPHI full-time staff

Equal Opportunity Employer

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