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Author Archives: Angie Ficek
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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
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, [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
Last month, Anne, Becky, and Julie presented at the North American Quitline Consortium’s (NAQC) conference in Atlanta, GA. The conference was a great opportunity for the quitline community to come together to discuss the future of quitlines and hot topics, such as electronic nicotine device systems (ENDS), e-referrals, and the quitline’s role in treating tobacco [...]
Contributing staff: Traci Capesius More and more we are seeing health care systems shift their focus further upstream, using a systems change approach to address behaviors, such as tobacco use, that are the cause of or exacerbate many chronic health conditions. A systems change approach can be defined as permanently altering protocols, policies, and [...]
Recently our Senior Analyst, Becky Lien, shared some uses for Venn diagrams based on this recent report from the Pew Research Center, and I’m surprised to say I actually see use for them! The twist with this Venn diagram is that you change the size of the circle as well as the size of the [...]
PDA is currently seeking a Senior Statistician to work on both evaluation and statistical projects. This is a full-time position (32 to 40 hours per week). For more information about this position, qualifications, and how to apply, click here.
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