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Category Archives: General

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: [...]

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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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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 [...]

Also posted in Technology |

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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PDA is currently seeking a full time Senior Evaluator to join our team of program evaluators, statisticians, and developers. We are looking for someone to take on leadership responsibilities for some of our evaluation projects, which are in the areas of tobacco control and chronic disease. For more information about this position, qualifications, and how [...]

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Did you know that if you want to label both the year and the month on the horizontal axis of a line chart that Excel will automatically do that for you? This is what I mean:   I may be late to the party on this one, but I was so excited when I discovered [...]

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In January we welcomed Mark DiPasquale to our team. Mark will be serving as a Senior Developer. Prior to joining PDA, Mark worked as a Systems Developer at Capella University, where he supported marketing initiatives for prospective learners in a fast-paced agile environment. As a full-stack developer experienced with a variety of architectures and technologies, [...]

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A handful of PDA staff are heading to Chicago tomorrow for the American Evaluation Association’s annual conference. Check out our presentations below. We hope to see you there!   From tragic to magic: Building organizational capacity to produce high-quality data visualizations, reports, and presentations. An ignite presentation by Angie Ficek on Wed, Nov 11 at [...]

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In August and September, we welcomed two new members to the PDA team and welcomed back one familiar face.   Andy Hajrovic, Business Analyst Andy will be serving as PDA’s first Business Analyst.  Prior to joining PDA, Andy worked as a Project Manager at Optum-UnitedHealth Group where he aided in remediating, managing, and implementing wellness [...]

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