Data Action Team (DAT)
The Bureau of Family Health’s (BFH) Data Action Team (DAT) collects, links, analyzes, and interprets data related to women, children, and families. The DAT provides epidemiologic leadership and support to:
- Monitor health and well-being among Louisiana's women, children, and families
- Guide program planning and evaluation
- Inform health and other public policy initiatives
- Evaluate the effectiveness, accessibility, and quality of health services
- Support public health research
- Translate objective data to inform actions
The following positions make up the DAT:
- The CDC-assigned Senior MCH Epidemiologist provides overall scientific guidance and translates data to help inform program decisions
- The State Systems Development Initiative (SSDI) Epidemiologist links data from Vital Records, Hospital Discharge, Medicaid, WIC, and other program data in order to provide appropriate datasets to inform programs and policies with answers to complex questions
- The MCH Mortality Surveillance Epidemiologist analyzes mortality data related to infants, children, and mothers in Louisiana to identify prevention opportunities
- The Pregnancy Risk Assessment and Monitoring System (PRAMS) Coordinator and staff who coordinate the PRAMS study operations to better understand the behavior and experiences of women before, during, and shortly after pregnancy
- The Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Data Analyst works to support data needs of Louisiana’s home visiting programs for women, children, and families.
- Fellows, interns, and students
DAT epidemiologists analyze statewide, regional, and local-level data. Common MCH indicators are analyzed and posted to the website. These public indicators are available for use without the need to obtain further permission. Additional statistical reports based on Vital Records and PRAMS data are available via written request to the team. To request statistics from the DAT, please complete and submit the Request for Statistics form.