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Author Archives: Angie Ficek

We recently added two new faces to our team. Say hello to Robert and Nancy!   Robert Masen, Business Analyst Robert brings an analytical and pragmatic approach to problem solving and project planning for the PDA Development team. He enjoys the diversity of projects and the positive social impact they all seem to have. He [...]

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Written by Heather Zook ClearWay MinnesotaSM awarded two-year grants to three health systems in Minnesota between 2014 and 2016. The purpose of these grants was to increase the health systems’ capacity to address tobacco use with patients. Each health system utilized multiple strategies to conduct systems change, and these strategies varied across grantees. Strategies included: [...]

Posted in General, Qualitative Methods, Systems Change |

We are participating in some upcoming conferences in the field of tobacco control! The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s annual meeting was in Florence, Italy March 8-11. Sadly, no PDA staff attended in-person, but we did co-author several posters. The North American Quitline Consortium’s conference is March 20-21 in Austin, TX followed by [...]

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PDA is currently seeking a part-time program evaluation intern for the summer of 2017. It is a 10-week paid internship. We are looking for an upper level undergraduate student or masters-level graduate student who is interested in learning more about and getting more experience in the field of evaluation. For more information about this internship [...]

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In November, Lara Rubinyi joined the PDA team as an Associate Evaluator. Lara received her Master of International Public Affairs degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Before joining PDA, Lara worked with [rp] Collective in Kathmandu, Nepal to build healthy, community-focused urban plans. She has experience conducting large-scale research and evaluations on STEM education, child [...]

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Emma Ramsbottom Wagner, Associate Evaluator In May, Emma joined the PDA team as an Associate Evaluator. Emma just received her Master of Arts degree in Evaluation Studies from the University of Minnesota. Prior to joining PDA, Emma served as an AmeriCorps VISTA member at the Hispanic Committee of Virginia, spent several years coordinating and developing [...]

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PDA is currently seeking an IT Manager to oversee our infrastructure. The IT Manager will be responsible for effective provisioning, installation, configuration, operation, and maintenance of systems hardware and software and related infrastructure inside our company. We have a laidback and casual atmosphere and are looking for a passionate person who loves computers, servers and [...]

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Written by Heather Zook What is an eReferral? An electronic referral (eReferral) is a method for electronically sending data between a healthcare provider and an outside health-related agency. eReferrals are integrated into Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems, so they are automatically documented in the patient’s medical record. At PDA, we recently started working with eReferrals [...]

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PDA is currently seeking a Program Evaluator to join our team of evaluators, statisticians, and developers. We are looking for someone who is detail-oriented, a self-starter, and who would be able to contribute to the full range of a client, including developing evaluation plans and logic models, analyzing and interpreting quantitative and qualitative evaluation results, [...]

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The Society for Research on Nicotine and Tobacco’s annual conference starts tomorrow and several PDA staff will be there. Anne is presenting along with our client from the Florida Department of Health on a novel non-medical tobacco cessation referral system, housed within workforce development centers in Florida.  She will report on numbers referred to a [...]

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